Teaser Tuesday (6th October 2015)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm. All you have to do is:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is:

It seems, for example, that the manner in which literary criticism once defined the author – or, rather, constructed the figure of the author from the beginning with existing texts and discourses – is directly derived from the manner in which Christian tradition authenticated (or rejected) the texts at its disposal. In order to “rediscover” an author in a work, modern criticism uses methods similar to those that Christian exegesis emplyed when trying to prove the value of a text by its author’s saintliness.

‘What is an Author?’ by Michel Foucault (in The Foucault Reader).

The Foucault Reader

I guess that this is an odd teaser. I don’t even think it is a teaser, it’s just a paragraph of literary theory.

If you haven’t guessed, I’m reading literary theory at the moment. Although Foucault doesn’t mention the era of literature that I’m studying he does make some good points about the authorship and ownership of literary texts. The Foucault Reader is a collection of his essays and I’m specifically focusing on his essay ‘What is an Author?’. I find Foucault’s work very interesting, if a little dense, but I was surprised when this book was on my recommended reading list for this weeks’ class because I always think of Foucault as a modernist (or even a postmodernist but he rejected this label often) writer.

I’d recommend reading his book The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge volume one if you’re interested in the idea of how sexuality has been repressed in the western world.


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