The author question. in Malory’s Morte Darthur. Interpretations of Authorship Issues. Post- structuralists challenge traditional notions of authorship by challenging the author's control over the text.
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in Malory’s Morte Darthur
"[I]n our culture, the name of an author is a variable that accompanies only certain texts to the exclusion of others: a private letter may have a signatory, but it does not have an author; a contract can have an underwriter, but it does not have an author; and similarly, an anonymous poster attached to a wall may have a writer, but he cannot be an author. . . [T]he function of an author is to characterize the existence, circulation, and operation of certain discourses within a society" (Michel Foucault, "What Is an Author" 124).
As Roland Barthes argues, “In [an] ideal text the networks are many and interact, without any one of them being able to surpass the rest; this text is a galaxy of signifiers, not a structure of signifieds; it has no beginning; it is reversible; we gain access to it by several entrances, none of which can be authoritatively declared the main one; the codes it mobilizes extend as far as the eye can reach, they are indeterminable.” (S/Z 5-6)
"A postmodern artist or writer is in the position of a philosopher: the text he writes, the work he produces are not in principle governed by preestablished rules, and they cannot be judged according to a determining judgement, by applying familiar categories to the text or to the work. Those rules and categories are what the work of art itself is looking for." (Jean-Françoise Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition 81)
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