The Death and Return of the Author : Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida
In contemporary thought, the death of the author has assumed a significance comparable only to the death of God in the 19th century. This work offers an explanation of anti-authorialism and shows how, even taken in its own terms, the attempt to abolish the author is fundamentally misguided and philosophically untenable. This updated edition features a section challenging Derrida's reading of Plato as the founder of logocentrism; an epilogue which deals with the politics of authorship and issues of technology; and an updated bibliography.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 156 x 230 x 22mm | 439.99g
- 01 May 1998
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- notes, references, index, bibliography
Table of contents
Prologue: The deaths of Paul de Man. Introduction: The birth of the reader. Part 1 The birth of the reader: authorship and apotheosis; from work to life; the founders of languages; mimesis and the author; autobiographies. Part 2 The author and the death of Man: cogito and the birth of Man; the founder of futurity; what (and who) is an author? allegories of misreading; transcendental lures - Lacan and the mastery of language; subjectivities. Part 3 Misread intentions: authors of silence; hors-text; a history of silence; doubling the text - intention and its other; reading and (self-) writing. Conclusion: critic and author; misreceptions - phenomenology into deconstruciton; the ghost in the machine - authorial inscription and the limits of theory.