By Stephen Dr Donovan, Danuta Fjellestad, Rolf Lundn
During this vast ranging selection of essays, 11 literary students and inventive writers research authorship and authority in terms of the construction and reception of cultural texts. Ranging in time from the Renaissance to the period of electronic publishing, the essays invite us to reassess the influential theories of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Pierre Bourdieu for our figuring out of writers reminiscent of Philip Sydney, Thomas Hardy, Laura driving, W.B. Yeats, Gertrude Stein, and J.M. Coetzee. laying off new gentle on authority’s complicated function within the iteration of cultural that means, the essays can be of curiosity to scholars and academics of literary heritage and important concept alike.
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Lifted up with the vigor of his owne invention, dooth growe in effect, another nature”. 70 Sidney casts true poets as divine agents, “so beloved of the Gods, that whatsoever they write, proceeds of a divine fury”. 71 But even here he must “confesse” that “as the firtilest grounde must bee manured, so must the highest flying wit, have a Dedalus to guide him”. 72 If the vehicle of Sidney’s first metaphor casts an unflattering light on a writer’s dependence, the reference to Daedalus seems more obviously ennobling: without such a “guide”, writers could not reach great heights or find their way to glory.
14 The Diurnall Occurrences, Or Dayly Proceedings of Both Houses in this Great and Happy Parliament, from the third of November, 1640, to the third of November 1641, London, 1641, sig. B4v. ”, in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon, Ithaca: NY, 1977, 124. The Birth of the Author 27 “were burnt under his nose”. 16 A 1647 ordinance suggests that legal responsibility for a printed work was sometimes conceived hierarchically. According to this law, the author of an unlicensed pamphlet would be fined 40s.
We should note, though, that McKenzie examined all printed texts from these years; the number of anonymous books may have been smaller. See D. F. McKenzie, “The London Book Trade in 1644”, in Making Meaning: “Printers of the Mind” and Other Essays, eds Peter D. McDonald and Michael F. Suarez, S. , 2002, 126-43. 64 John Donne, Poems by J. , London, 1633, sig. SA1v. 65 John Suckling, The Last Remains of Sir John Suckling, London, 1659, sig. a2r. 66 Richard Helgerson, Self-Crowned Laureates: Spenser, Jonson, Milton, and the Literary System, Berkeley: Calif, 1983, 9.