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The Romanian critic Eugen Simion contests leading twentieth-century critics who deny the author a place in criticism by maintaining that the author's life can tell us nothing about his or her literary works. Simion demonstrates that writers, including Proust, Malraux, and Barthes among others, who eschew the old biographical criticism themselves look into authors' lives-most notably, their own--for insights into the persons behind their works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810112728
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/1996
  • Series: Rethinking Theory Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 220

Meet the Author


Eugene Simion is professor of twentieht-century literature at the University of Bucharest, vice president of the Romanian Academy, and the author of ten books of criticsm, including the four-volume History of Contemporary Romanian Literature.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Life of the Author
1 Proust on Sainte-Beuve's Method 15
2 Proust on Sainte-Beuve on Baudelaire 21
3 Balzac's "Vulgar Genius" 25
4 Sainte-Beuve: The Critic Who Was Never Right 29
5 Proust against the Deeper Self 39
6 Proust's Biographism 47
7 The [ Is an Other 51
8 Valery as Precursor 55
9 Valery as Biographer 59
10 Valery's Pure Self 63
11 Tel Quel and the Author 67
12 Probing the Unconscious 71
13 Sartre, the Writer, and the Reader 77
14 Sartre: All Is to Be Done 81
15 Sartre and Authority 85
16 Critical Methods and Literature 89
17 Starobinski and Method 95
18 Barthes and the Author 101
19 Barthes's Paper Author 107
20 Barthes as Biographer 113
21 An Array of Selves 119
22 Who Speaks in the Text? 125
23 Eliot and Biography 129
24 Writing about the Author 135
II The Author's Life of the Author
25 Sartre: The Imposture of Childhood and the Birth of Literature 141
26 Malraux: A Passion for Greatness. A Religion of Fraternity 155
27 Ionesco Childhood and Light, Literature and the World on the First Day of Creation 167
28 Barthes: The Return of the Author to the Text 191
Notes 205
Works Cited 213
Index 217
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