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Voyage Into Creativity

The Modern Künstlerroman

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Roberta Seret

The narration of the development of the artist has found its literary medium in the genre, the Künstlerroman. This specific novel traces the embryonic growth of the artist-protagonist from the moment when he exhibits artistic talents to the point when he actually creates. Specific themes, motifs, and structure define the genre. The authors studied are: Hermann Hesse, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Theodore Dreiser.
Contents: The following works are compared to observe related literary themes and structure of the modern Künstlerroman: Peter Camenzind, Narcissus and Goldmund, Sons and Lovers, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The «Genius».