n English in Africa - Literature and salvation in Elizabeth Costello or how to refuse to be an author in eight or nine lessons
|Article Title||Literature and salvation in Elizabeth Costello or how to refuse to be an author in eight or nine lessons|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Author||Michael S. Kochin|
|Publication Date||May 2007|
|Pages||79 - 95|
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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