The Death and Resurrection of the Author?

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Have the reports of the author's death been greatly exaggerated? When Roland Barthes famously announced the death of the author, he heralded a major new debate in modern literary criticism and aesthetics. This volume is a dialogical collection of key essays discussing the nature of authorship and the place, if any, of authorial intention in the interpretation of literary texts. Including seminal essays by Barthes and Foucault, along with other previously published and newly commissioned contributions, this ...

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Overview

Have the reports of the author's death been greatly exaggerated? When Roland Barthes famously announced the death of the author, he heralded a major new debate in modern literary criticism and aesthetics. This volume is a dialogical collection of key essays discussing the nature of authorship and the place, if any, of authorial intention in the interpretation of literary texts. Including seminal essays by Barthes and Foucault, along with other previously published and newly commissioned contributions, this collection examines the philosophical underpinnings and arguments of both sides of the debate.

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It began in 1968 when Roland Barthes published The Death of the Author? and picked up steam the next year with Michel Foucault's What Is An Author? Together they posited that authors were no longer important, and even repressive in interpretation. Irwin (philosophy, King's College, Pennsylvania) begins with translations of these two essays, and reprints 11 others to demonstrate the supporters and opponents of the notion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313322754
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Series: Contributions in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,168,138
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM IRWIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has published several articles on theory of interpretation and aesthetics, as well as four books, including Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (Greenwood, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Death of the Author? 1
1 The Death of the Author 3
2 What Is an Author? 9
3 Kierkegaard and the Anxiety of Authorship 23
4 Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Question of Authorial Intention 45
5 The Marginal Life of the Author 65
6 The Death of the Author: An Analytical Autopsy 79
Pt. 2 The Resurrection of the Author? A Look at Author Constructs 93
7 Writer, Text, Work, Author 95
8 Authorship and Authority 117
9 Apparent, Implied, and Postulated Authors 129
10 Feminist Literary Criticism and the Author 141
11 A Theory of the Author 161
12 Intentionalism and Author Constructs 191
13 The Death of Cervantes and the Life of Don Quixote 205
Selected Bibliography 217
Index 229
About the Contributors 235
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