The Return of the Author

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Northwestern University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
The Romanian critic Eugen Simion contests leading twentieth-century critics who deny the author a place in criticism by maintaining that the author's life can tell us nothing about his or her literary works. Simion demonstrates that writers, including Proust, Malraux, and Barthes among others, who eschew the old biographical criticism themselves look into authors' lives-most notably, their own--for insights into the persons behind their works.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Proust on SainteBeuves Method
15
Proust on SainteBeuve on Baudelaire
21
The Critic Who Was Never Right
29
Proust against the Deeper Self
39
Prousts Biographism
47
Valery as Precursor
55
Valerys Pure Self
63
Barthes as Biographer 11 3
113
An Array of Selves
119
Who Speaks in the Text?
125
Eliot and Biography
129
Writing about the Author
135
The Authors Life of the Author
139
The Imposture of Childhood and the Birth of Literature
141
A Passion for Greatness A Religion of Fraternity
155

Probing the Unconscious
71
All Is to Be Done 8 1
81
Sartre and Authority
85
Critical Methods and Literature
89
Starobinski and Method
95
Barthes and the Author
101
Barthess Paper Author
107
Childhood and Light Literature and the World on the First Day of Creation
167
The Return of the Author to the Text
191
Notes
205
Works Cited 21 3
213
Index
217
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About the author (1996)

Eugene Simion is professor of twentieht-century literature at the University of Bucharest, vice president of the Romanian Academy, and the author of ten books of criticsm, including the four-volume History of Contemporary Romanian Literature.

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