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This volume investigates the changing definitions of the author, what it has meant historically to be an 'author', and the impact that this has had on literary culture. Andrew Bennett presents a clearly-structured discussion of the various theoretical debates surrounding authorship, exploring such concepts as authority, ownership, originality, and the 'death' of the author. Accessible, yet stimulating, this study offers the ideal introduction to a core notion in critical theory.
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Preface, Introduction, Shakespeare in Love, What is an Author?, The Author, 1. The ‘Death’ of the Author, 2. Authority, Ownership, Originality, 3 The Romantic Author, 4. Formalism, Feminism, Historicism, 5. Collaboration, 6. The Question of Literature, Appendix: An Author Lexicon, Bibliography, Index
'This is a tough read, but it's exciting because it raises so many issues that are important to our understanding of what constitutes 'literary studies'... One thing is for sure. Anyone who has not considered these theoretical issues before will find some thought-provoking ideas here.' - www.mantex.co.uk