Künstlerroman Criticism: Feminism In The KüNstlerroman - Essay

Charlotte Goodman (essay date 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Goodman, Charlotte. “Portraits of the Artiste Manqué by Three Women Novelists.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 5, no. 3 (1981): 57-9.

[In the following essay, Goodman reviews three contemporary novels that employ the Artiste Manqué, a literary device in which the artist-protagonist's talents are sabotaged by weaknesses in themselves or those close to them.]

As fiction became increasingly autobiographical in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many novelists began to write about artist protagonists. Novels such as Henry James' The Tragic Muse, D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, James Joyce's Portrait of The Artist...

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis (essay date 1985)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. “To ‘Bear My Mother's Name’: Künstlerromane by Female Writers.” In Tell Me a Riddle, edited by Tillie Olsen with an introduction by Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt, pp. 243-69. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1985.

[In the following essay, originally published in 1985, well-known feminist writer DuPlessis explores the nature of the feminist künstlerroman by examining several of the genre's more prominent examples from the last century.]

No song or poem will bear my mother's name. … Perhaps she was herself a poet—though only her daughter's name is signed to the poems that we know....

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Ursula R. Mahlendorf (essay date 1985)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mahlendorf, Ursula R. “Kate Chopin's The Awakening1: Engulfment and Diffusion.” In The Wellsprings of Literary Creation: An Analysis of Male and Female “Artist Stories” from the German Romantics to American Writers of the Present, pp. 147-59. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1985.

[In the following essay, Mahlendorf considers how Kate Chopin's The Awakening was perhaps the first feminist künstlerroman and how the mother-figure is the possible antithesis of the artist-hero.]

Up to this point of our inquiry, we have examined the patterns of creativity which authors from the Romantics to Franz Kafka ascribe to the heroes of...

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Leslie Kathleen Hankins (essay date fall 1991)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hankins, Leslie Kathleen. “Alas, Alack! or A Lass, a Lack? Quarrels of Gender and Genre in the Revisionist Künstlerroman1: Eudora Welty's The Golden Apples.Mississippi Quarterly 44, no. 4 (fall 1991): 391-409.

[In the following essay, Hankins tries to come to a clear definition of the female künstlerroman through an analysis of Eudora Welty's The Golden Apples.]

All of Eudora Welty's writings interrogate the possibilities of art. Delta Wedding, The Golden Apples, and The Optimist's Daughter, probing again and again the complex web of relationships between women and art, would seem to fall naturally into the...

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Roberta Sellinger Trites (essay date 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Trites, Roberta Sellinger. “Re/Constructing the Female Writer: Subjectivity in the Feminist Künstlerroman.” In Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children's Literature, pp. 63-79. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, Trites evaluates a sub-genre of the children's künstlerroman—the feminist children's book künstlerroman—where the protagonist is a child developing self-identity through her desire to become a writer.]

Margaret Mahy's The Tricksters examines what it means to one girl that she is a writer; so does Patricia MacLachlan's Cassie Binegar. Both of these novels depict a...

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