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The Death and Resurrection of the Author?

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The nature of authorship and the place of authorial intention in the interpretation of literary texts are examined in this dialogical collection.

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Preface Introduction The Death of the Author The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes What Is an Author? by Michel Foucault Kierkegaard and the Anxiety of Authorship by Merold Westphal Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Question of Authorial Intention by David Weberman The Marginal Life of the Author by Jason Holt The Death of the Author: An Analytical Autopsy by Peter Lamarque The Resurrection of the Author? A Look at Author Constructs Writer, Text, Work, Author by Alexander Nehamas Authorship and Authority by Nickolas Pappas Apparent, Implied, and Postulated Authors by Robert Stecker Feminist Literary Criticism and the Author by Cheryl Walker A Theory of the Author by Jorge J.E. Gracia Intentionalism and Author Constructs by William Irwin The Death of Cervantes and the Life of Don Quixote by Eric Bronson Bibliography Index

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WILLIAM IRWIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania./e 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).


"Irwin's collection includes provocative contributions by both analytic and continental thinkers to two of the central aspects of current debate--namely, the death of the author and the nature and function of author constructs. Irwin's collection may well force us to refocus the current debate in a more fruitful manner, and perhaps even to rethink the notion of intentionality itself."-Jeff Mitscherling Department of Philosophy University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada "Long after movements like deconstruction and post-modernism have faded from the forefront, literary critics and readers generally will feel the urgency of defining a position in regard to questions of authorial intention. From psychoanalysis to feminism, from New Criticism to cultural studies, some version of the question of who is doing the writing is at the center of 20th-century literary studies. This handsome collection of essays is at once itself a set of great landmarks and a Baedeker for 21st-century readers negotiating their way among author functions hidden, implied, real, unconscious, historically determined, disappeared in to the text, or effaced into the fabric of the culture itself."-Leslie Brisman Karl Young Professor of English Yale University

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