Anthology of Art in Fiction – A survey of the artist in fiction and the development of literary archetypes in novels, poetry, theatre and film shows the character of the artist through an alternative literary history of art.
The anthology traces a chronology and context of art in fiction to examine how the perception of the artist developed as magician – bohemian – dandy – outsider – visionary – courtier – businessman – genius or madman. They illustrate the life and activity of the artist and the milieu of the studio, salon, exhibitions, galleries, conservator and faker, dealers and collectors, presenting a diversity of genres from Realism to Naturalism, Science-Fiction and Magic Realism, and following the emergence of the Künstlerroman and the idea of art for art’s sake.
The literary timeline spans from Homer to Apelles, Goethe, Diderot, de Staël, Balzac, Murger, Zola, Edgeworth, Austen, Bronte, Du Maurier, Proust, Woolf, Cary, Beckett, Murdoch, Gordimer, Saramago, Naipaul, Achebe and contemporary works by AS Byatt, Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Sheila Heti, Siri Hustvedt, Will Self, Zadie Smith, Jeet Thayil, Tom Wolfe and Michel Houllebecq.
Jeremy Hunt is editor of AAJ Press and writer on art and fiction, art and architecture, and art and walking. He is a member of AICA (International Art Critics Association).