The Author

Overview

This volume investigates the changing definitions of the author, what it has meant historically to be an 'author', and the impact that this has had on literary culture. Andrew Bennett presents a clearly-structured discussion of the various theoretical debates surrounding authorship, exploring such concepts as authority, ownership, originality, and the 'death' of the author. Accessible, yet stimulating, this study offers the ideal introduction to a core notion in critical theory....

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Overview

This volume investigates the changing definitions of the author, what it has meant historically to be an 'author', and the impact that this has had on literary culture. Andrew Bennett presents a clearly-structured discussion of the various theoretical debates surrounding authorship, exploring such concepts as authority, ownership, originality, and the 'death' of the author. Accessible, yet stimulating, this study offers the ideal introduction to a core notion in critical theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415281638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/20/2005
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The 'death' of the author 9
2 Authority, ownership, originality 29
3 The romantic author 55
4 Formalism, feminism, historicism 72
5 Collaboration 94
6 The question of literature 108
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