February 1, 2018

what is an author?

Filed under: literature,philosophy — ABRAXAS @ 11:34 pm

“Even when an individual has been accepted as an author, we must still ask whether everything that he wrote, said, or left behind is part of his work. The problem is both theoretical and technical. When undertaking the publication of Nietzsche’s works, for example, where should one stop? Surely everything must be published, but what is “everything”? Everything that Nietzsche himself published, certainly. And what about the rough drafts for his works? Obviously. The plans for his aphorisms? Yes. The deleted passages and the notes at the bottom of the page. Yes. What if, within a workbook filled with aphorisms, one finds a reference, the notation of a meeting or of an address, or a laundry list: is it a work or not? Why not? And so on, ad infinitum. How can one define a work amid the millions of traces left by someone after his death?”

Michel Foucault

What is an Author?

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