Romantics, Ian McEwan, and the Identity of the Author

Golban, Petru
June 2011
Journal of Graduate School of Social Sciences;Jun2011, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p215
Academic Journal
The study explores the different conceptions regarding the status and role of the author in both literary practice and critical theory from the romantic period through the nineteenth-century to the contemporary reevaluation of the producer of the literary work. By its expressive theory of authorship, Romanticism marked the rise of the idea of the supremacy of the author, the idea being challenged and surpassed by the nineteenth-century critical opinions, whereas the twentieth century structuralist and post-structuralist points of view proclaimed the death of the author. However, there are contemporary critical and literary voices, among whom Ian McEwan, who reaffirm the importance and omnipotence of the author against all emphases on textuality, the reader, and the cultural discourses by such critics as Wimsatt and Beardsley, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and others.


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