samedi 21 avril 2012

Maurice Beebe, IVORY TOWERS AND SACRED FOUNTS; THE ARTIST AS HERO IN FICTION FROM GOETHE TO JOYCE, New York, New York University Press, 1964, 323 pages.

In the portrait-of-the-artist novel the Sacred Fount theme is most often expressed in terms of the artist's relationship to women. In many artist-novels - James's Roderick Hudson, Flaubert's Sentimental Education and Gissing's New Grub Street, to name but three - the artist is destroyed as artist because of his submission to love. In othe novels, the artist feels that he cannot function without love. Hardy's The Well-Beloved, Wyndham Lewis's Tarr, Dresiser's The "Genius" and Norris's Vandover and the Brute are examples of novels in which the artist-hero must have romantic fulfillment to produce artistically. Although he may be destroyed bye the search for such fulfillment, he must go the Woman in order to create - just as a man can father children only through women - and his artistic power is dependent on the Sacred Fount.

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