n English in Africa - Literature and salvation in or how to refuse to be an author in eight or nine lessons

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



What is an author? "The function of an author," Michel Foucault famously pronounced in 1969, "is to characterize the existence, circulation, and operation of certain discourses within a society" (124). Foucault provides a template for inquiry into a certain period of literature, the age of the idealistic author. To understand that period, and whether or not we have moved on from it, we need to determine what social forms and institutions were necessary for the author-function to operate.

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