Authorship : From Plato to the Postmodern - A Reader

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This reader provides a solid theoretical base for all those encountering the 'author' debate for the first time. It presents key readings from the main writers on authorship, including pieces from Plato, Descartes, Shelley, Freud, T. S. Eliot, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault and Borges, and puts the authorship debates into historical context.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748606181
  • 9780748606184
  • 635,091

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The first collection to gather together the essential material in the twentieth-century debate, this work also represents the major historical shifts in conceptions of authorship from the Classical age through to current debates concerning intention, influence, impersonality, authorial disappearance and the postmodern fragmentation of subjectivity. Connecting the conceptual and cultural, this reader foregrounds materialist, postcolonial and feminist critiques along with the issue of political accountability as it has been raised in the very different contexts of the controversies surrounding Martin Heidegger and Salman Rushdie. A comprehensive guide to the contemporary state of enquiry and a pointer to the future of authorship as a strong literary and cultural category, this collection provides invaluable reference material for scholars and teachers working in the field. Complete with a detailed general introduction and suggestive section notes, the work will also serve to orient those coming to the subject for the first time.
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Table of contents

The aesthetic and textual debate: changing conceptions of authorship; the 20th-century controversy. The politics of authorship: feminism and the authorial subject; ideologies of authorship. Self and text.
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Highly recommended ! -- Patrick Evans Highly recommended !
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About Dr. Sean Burke

Sean Burke worked in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham for thirteen years, and has now retired. His academic publications include The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida (3rd edn, 2008), Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern: A Reader (1995) and The Ethics of Writing: Authorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche (2008). His first novel, Deadwater (2002) has been published in France as Au bout des docks (2007). He is currently researching a study of discursive ethics in Plato, Levinas and Derrida.
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