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TREATMENT OF PAST AND PRESENT IN JOHN FOWLES’S NOVELS

*Miss Sree Karthika MS
Research Scholar
Email : historyenglish704@gmail.com
Sree Narayana Guru College, Coimbatore

India

**Mrs. Kavitha,

Assistant Professor

Sree Narayana Guru College

Coimbatore

India

 

ABSTRACT

John Fowles, a great contributor to Twentieth Century literary scenario, takes past and present as two different entities and intermix in his fiction so as acknowledge the vitality of both. His novels dealt with past eras and characters with the shadows of the present time. The selection of narrative form and setting add to the tune of intermixing process. He does not merely intermix instead at points he separates both so as to bring the difference of the periods. The Twentieth century period was of vast and series of wars and exploitations. Like the other writers Fowles too felt disintegrated with the current life incidents and that might be the reason he moved to past era. He draws the picture of characters from previous era which in turn adds to his aim to recreate one.  Likewise, he tries to bring out the consequences of past that resulted in the present era of wars. Fowles, in this aspect, tunes the moral undertone in his writings. Far more than a historian he presents history as a fictional truth and at the same time recreate it to bring out the moral and social undertone. In bringing out the past life events and to sketch a bygone era he seems to employ post modern techniques. It made him sound when compared to other writers of his age for only he employed a new technique to create a bygone era. In bringing out a new technique to bring past era to life considered to be a great rare deal among the writers.

Keywords: Twentieth Century, Post modernism, Historical metafiction

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