The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida

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Edinburgh University Press, 1998 - Literary Collections - 258 pages
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In a revised and updated version of this popular book, Seán Burke provides the first detailed explanation of anti-authorialism and shows how the attempt to abolish the author is fundamentally untenable. Important additions to the new edition include: 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 a fully updated bibliography.
 

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Contents

A Prehistory of the Death of the Author
8
The Birth of the Reader
20
The Author and the Death of Man
62
Misread Intentions
116
Critic and Author
172
Epilogue
192
Notes
207
Bibliography
239
Index
252
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About the author (1998)

Seán Burke worked in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham for thirteen years, and has now retired. His academic publications include The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida (3rd edn, 2008), Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern: A Reader (1995) and The Ethics of Writing: Authorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche (2008). His first novel, Deadwater (2002) has been published in France as Au bout des docks (2007). He is currently researching a study of discursive ethics in Plato, Levinas and Derrida.

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