Artificial I's

Artificial I's

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This study explores three works in which the protagonist undertakes to fashion a literary artwork out of himself: Ovid's ArArs AmatoriaAl, Kierkegaard's ArDiary of the SeducerAl, and Thomas Mann's ArFelix KrullAl. For each work, particular attention is paid to the self-conscious interplay between the author's project of book-making and the character's project of self-making, as well as to the effect of changing notions of self-identity on the protagonist's attempt at life as literature. For ArFelix KrullAl, this includes a sustained analysis of Mann's incorporation and problematization of various Nietzschean models of aesthestics, reality, and self-identity. In Ovid and Kierkegaard, this study also considers a related project, the attempt to fashion a literary artwork out of another, namely out of a woman.The Self as Artwork in Ovid, Kierkegaard, and Thomas Mann Eric Downing ... We must, that is, ourselves maintain that curious, stereoscopic optic which perceives both the comic fictional pretence and the disconcerting human violence.a€ This is part of Ovida#39;s radical revision of the Propertian equation of poet and lover, that part that propels ... The recognition of the deliberately self-defeating nature of the poema#39;s precepa€” torial project, of its translation of the codes of art into those of eroticanbsp;...

Title:Artificial I's
Author:Eric Downing
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 1993-01-01


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