1963, London: The Myth of the Artist and the Woman Writer

Patricia Waug

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1963, London: The Myth of the Artist and the Woman Writer

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This chapter takes a look at the myth of the artist, which is an authorial construct considered as problematic and crucial for women writers in 1963, starting with a section on sexual revolution, and then moving on to discuss sex in Britain in 1963, which was associated with demise, political corruption and suicide. It also considers the death of Sylvia Plath, and concludes that the constructions of art and the artist and the Good and Goodness are never gender neutral and can never be fully separated.

Keywords: myth of artist; authorial construct; women writers; sexual revolution; sex in Britain; Sylvia Plath; constructions; gender neutral

Chapter.  7407 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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