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It may be asked: Did Miss Austen know what she was doing? She lived, after all,
before it was common for the novelist to regard himself as an artist; she had no
knowledge of the theories of fiction Flaubert and Henry James were later to state.
And what is significant is the part the conception of the novelist as artist plays in it.
The notion of the artist as a dedicated man is very recent; it comes from the
Romantic poets and its holy scripture in English is Shelley's A Defence of Poetry.
Stephen Dedalus says, in A Portrait of the Artist: The artist, like the God of
creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible,
refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his finger-nails. Joyce himself is
refined out of ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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