What is a picture in English literature

The image of the artist in the contemporary English novel

Since the appearance of the artist novel towards the end of the 18th century in Germany, artists of all kinds have been part of the repertoire of figures in international literature. Using selected contemporary English novels, this work examines in detail which image of the artist predominates in contemporary novels and to what extent this image of the artist differs from those of earlier epochs. A radically changed concept of art and the disavowal of the concept of the subject by post-structuralism are of central importance in this context. Another symptomatic of the contemporary artist's self-image is his ambiguous relationship to artistic tradition, which is somewhere between admiration and a feeling of inferiority. The interplay between artistic ties to tradition and the desire for innovation is inscribed in the character conception and plot structure of the novels themselves. With all examined texts, therefore
elements of the traditional artist novel as well as the contemporary metafiction can be demonstrated. At the same time, as the text analyzes prove, they in no way speak up about postmodernism, on the contrary, give it an ironic rejection. Finally, the contemporary artist's engagement with artistic tradition culminates in a recourse to mythical models of identification. But the choice of contemporary artists does not fall on the romantic figure of identification Prometheus, but on the satyr Marsyas, defeated by Apollo in an artistic competition, who, in the interpretation of the contemporary artist, is 'deformed' into a symbol of artistic mediocrity.

Product details

  • Studies in English Philology, NF Vol. 33
  • Published by Niemeyer, Tübingen
  • Reprint 2017
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Release Date: April 25, 1996
  • German
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 160mm x 19mm
  • Weight: 386g
  • ISBN-13: 9783484450332
  • ISBN-10: 3484450339
  • Item no .: 14178331