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Booktitle:

The Figure of the Author

Editions universitaires europeennes (2017-10-10 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-8417-3256-9

ISBN-10:
3841732569
EAN:
9783841732569
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
After proclaiming “the death of the Author”, Roland Barthes showed in "Le Plaisir" du texte that the reader needs “the figure of the author” as that figure needs mine if “babbling is to be avoided”; Henry James poetically prefigured his theory in “The Figure in the Carpet”. This essay examines some of the major novels since the eighteenth century, from "Moll Flanders", "Pamela", "Tristram Shandy", "Madame Bovary", "What Maisie Knew", "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", "Remembrance of Things Past", "How It is", "Look at the Harlequins!". It investigates Barthes’ proposition, as well as that of Michel Foucault on “the author function”, and presents an intersubjective theory of the modern novel, showing how author and reader seek and avoid each other, interacting asymmetrically, sometimes contentiously, through transitional subjects, namely the narrators and the characters. It also analyzes the various parts of a novel, from the title page, the various paratexts or “thresholds” to borrow Genette’s terminology, and offers an anatomy of the writing and reading process.
Publishing house:
Editions universitaires europeennes
Website:
http://www.editions-ue.com/
By (author) :
Maurice Couturier
Number of pages:
240
Published on:
2017-10-10
Stock:
Available
Category:
General and comparative literature science
Price:
45.90 €
Keywords:
the death of the Author

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