Writing the artist's gaze: ethics and ekphrasis in early twentieth century historical fiction

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This article examines portrayals of visual artists in novels by Pat Barker and A.S. Byatt, focusing on artists’ appeal to writers, and the associated ethical and artistic challenges. It proposes that artist characters can offer creative ways of probing not only particular periods of history, but the creative process itself.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalFORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2018


  • ekphrasis
  • ethics
  • historical fiction

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