Auto-poetica: Representations of the Creative Process in Nineteenth-century British and American Fiction

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
The nineteenth-century Kunstlerroman self-consciously addresses the devices of fiction and in doing so, tends toward irony and self-reflection, and prefigures postmodernism. A work of art written about an artist creating a work of art is, in a sense, a novel in which the author is a character. The essays in this collection examine the work of major nineteenth century authors that attempted to merge fiction and reality into a unified whole. These novels paved the way for postmodernists who would use the artist-novel to self-conciously focus on the genre's particular conventions, to parody those conventions in order to accentuate the work's fictionality, and to expose the oppositions between fiction and reality. This collection thus reveals not only material concerns, but the underlying anxieties, drives, and joys, which are so profoundly linked to the creative process."

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Contents

Herman Melville and the Crafting of Pierre
3
Making Selling and Living the Fictitious
15
The Business of Storytelling in Nathaniel
39
Commercial Orien
53
Edna Lyall and
67
Wrestling with the Angel in the House Slaying the Monster in
75
Charlotte Smiths Interior Other
93
Creativity and Social Power in Jane Austens Emma
101
The Religion of Art in Henry James
141
Art and Action in The Scarlet
153
Poetry as Therapy in the Work of Arthur Hugh
165
Unraveling Paters Textural Warp
177
Theories of Creativity and the Saga of Charlotte Brontė
187
Portraits in Victorian Literature
195
Representations of the Creative Process in American
203
Works Cited
215

George Eliot
113
Urban Bohemias Dangerous Spaces
129
Index
223
About the Contributors
237

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About the author (2006)

Darby Lewes is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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