This title was first published in 2002: This study of the poetics of the Romantic K nstlerinroman (female artist novel) brings to the foreground its salient metafictional discourse on the aesthetics of the sublime, ever since its beginnings in Madame de Sta l's "Corinne ou L'Italie". The book presents detailed readings of H.D.'s "Palimpsest", Christa Wolf's "Nachdenken ber Christa T." and Marguerite Duras' "L'Amant" in a dialogue with Kant, Freud, Lacan, Cixous, Derrida and other philosophers, theorists, literary critics and writers. Each novel is explored in terms of its generic affiliations, its reflections on the role of literature and the writer in society and its aesthetic discourse on the sublime. The book stages an inquiry into the relation between genre, the sublime, gender and literary history from which emerge insights into the conditions of subjectivity underlying the experience and communication of the sublime.
The "Kunstlerinroman" at the interface between German Romanticism and French Enlightenment; the subject of the sublime in aesthetics - problems and possibilities; subjectivity and writing as "palimpsest" - HD's modernist "Kunstlerinroman" problematics; the conundrum of author-ization - Christa Wolf's "Nachdenken uber Christa T; eros, thanatos, I - the sublimity of writing the family romance in Marguerite Duras' "L'Amant".