A cartoon which appeared a number of years ago in The New Yorker depicts the workshop of a medieval sculptor. In the foreground sits the somewhat tipsy-looking artist chipping away at a monstrous gargoyle, and throughout the shop are other figures of gargoyles, griffins, and chimeras in various stages of completion. Behind the sculptor stands his perplexed patron who is asking: ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ This study has in essence asked that question about a variety of works in twentieth-century fiction. How account for the grotesque as a perennial strain in the human imagination, and how account for its particular prevalence in much of this century’s best fiction, and for the variegated forms it has there assumed?
KeywordsHuman Imagination Dancing Movement Aesthetic Theory Wild Horse Feline Species
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- 3.Jakov Lind, Counting My Steps (London: Macmillan, 1969) p. 206. Lind was himself an avid creator of grotesques in his small, very strange body of fiction.Google Scholar