Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

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Michel Foucault's 1969 essay "What is an Author?" sidesteps the stormy arguments surrounding "intentional fallacy" and the "death of the author," offering an entirely different way of looking at texts. Foucault points out that all texts are written but not all are discussed as having "authors". So what is special about "authored" texts? And what makes an "author" different to other kinds of text-producers? From its deceptively simple titular question, Foucault's essay offers a complex argument for viewing authors and their texts as objects. A challenging, thought-provoking piece, it is one of the most influential literary essays of the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 7.62mm | 181g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912453088
  • 9781912453085
  • 827,091

Table of contents

Ways in to the Text


Who was Michel Foucault?


What does What Is An Author? Say?


Why does What Is An Author? Matter?


Section 1: Influences


Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context


Module 2: Academic Context


Module 3: The Problem


Module 4: The Author's Contribution


Section 2: Ideas


Module 5: Main Ideas


Module 6: Secondary Ideas


Module 7: Achievement


Module 8: Place in the Author's Work


Section 3: Impact


Module 9: The First Responses


Module 10: The Evolving Debate


Module 11: Impact and Influence Today


Module 12: Where Next?


Glossary of Terms


People Mentioned in the Text


Works Cited
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About Tim Smith-Laing

Dr Tim Smith-Laing took his DPhil in English literature at Merton College, Oxford, and has held positions at Jesus College, Oxford, and Sciences Po in Paris.
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