Selfhood and the art of the found object. Self-creation in three novels by margaret atwood, colette, and monique wittig
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This study examines the problematic of selfhood in three novels by women authors: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood; La Maison de Claudine by Colette; and L'Opoponax by Monique Wittig. It views the project of selfhood as an essentially artistic undertaking when read through the lens of object relations theories developed by D. W. Winnicott, Marion Milner, and Jessica Benjamin. Theories and novels alike suggest that the production of both art and self are concomitant processes that insist on the primacy of the object world and the shifting relationship of the individual artist to a varying kaleidoscope of these objects. The articulation of selfhood and creativity in these works, then, constructs these concepts within the context of an intersubjective space, a space where the private notion of the self and the public sphere of artistic production coalesce in a shared discourse.