Foucault 's Assertion That One 's Own

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Written Response Most Persuasive Assertion Michel Foucault 's assertion that one’s own "author-function" can exceed their own work is a claim in which can be backed by an array of existing and deceased author 's. An agreeable claim, even though Foucault attempts to disassemble it later on in the essay. Foucault initially states, "One might say that it is not true that the author of a novel is only the author of his own text; in a sense, he also, provided that he acquires some "importance," governs and commands more than that. To take a very simple example, one could say that Ann Radcliffe not only wrote The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne and several other novels, but also made possible the appearance of the Gothic horror novel at the…show more content…
And the authors are given credit for their contributions to the world of literature not only in founding new genres but crafting new styles and expanding on existing genres/formats. The experimental novels of Dorothy Richardson displayed what would eventually be coined by William James as the stream of conscious narrative form. Religious mythologies around the world crafted the parable, which would later get perfected in the form of Grimm 's fairytales and Aesop 's fables. The thread line of the evolution of literature is there and can be followed to its main contributors. Contributors whose work can easily be defined as something which exceeds their "author-function" as Foucault states it. Such a claim can be broadened out to any art form including that of music and art. Even more contemporary style of storytelling in film and cinema had individuals whose work exceeded their "author-intention" and opened up the doors to new styles, genres, and avenues for aspiring artists to venture forth down. Least Persuasive Assertion Foucault 's claim that the Author is "dead" is solely based off of perspective and how you see an author. His assertion mirrors the philosophical concept fashioned by Nietzsche you was famously quoted for his saying "God is dead,”. The phrase was used to signify the change in philosophical discussions which removed any form of a God like figure from
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