Title
The implied author : a secular excommunication
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Fayetteville, Ark. ,
Subject
Literature
Source (journal)
Style. - Fayetteville, Ark.
Volume/pages
45(2011) :1 , p. 11-28
ISSN
0039-4238
ISI
000297035500002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This essay argues that the implied author (IA) is a construction by a reader who is seeking a god-like form of legitimation for his or her interpretation. Pan one develops the analogy between the IA and God by zooming in on the work of Wayne Booth. Part two is more down to earth. A critical review of empirical, sociological and discursive approaches leads us to replace the IA with a dynamic author image produced by the reader in a continually changing process of negotiation involving the text, the context, and the author's self-presentation. The final part of the essay discusses Thomas Pynchon's V, to illustrate this concept of negotiation, which we offer as an alternative to the traditional idea of literature as communication.
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