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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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

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

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(p.173) Chapter 14 1963, London: The Myth of the Artist and the Woman Writer
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Patricia Waug

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0015

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

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