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Title: Antimodels, the audience, and the evolution of Kingsley Amis's artistic vision
Author: James, Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis argues that Kingsley Amis expressed his views on the role of the artist in society through the subtext of each novel. He did this by using artistic antimodels, invoking other writers and formative influences to show his own superiority, and examining the role of the audience in the creative process. Between 1954 and 1970 his ideas on art remain somewhat dogmatic, but after 1970 his opinions soften and in many cases change as he considers the role of the audience more seriously in -allowing that there may be reasons for bad artists to create. He also began to conceive of the relationship between the . artist and his or her audience as reciprocal. If bad artists are at fault for failing to please the audience, then the audience too is to blame for tolerating or failing to improve them. Most critics have only seen the artistic antimodels as sources of comic relief, but they serve the valuable purpose of conveying Amis's thoughts on art and creation. By inverting the characteristics of the antimodels we can not only form a picture of his artistic ideal but begin to see how that ideal changes from one novel to the next. there has been a great deal of criticism published on Amis already, but the original manuscripts, unpublished letters, and personal papers held in three Amis archives have been neglected by most scholars. While the original manuscript of Lucky Jim has been examined by several scholars, important alterations made to numerous others novels in draft have been overlooked. These include Girl, 20, Stanley and the Women, The Old Devils, and The Biographer s Moustache. Major cuts and changes in these and other later works are cited as evidence of Amis's awareness of his books as statements of artistic intent.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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