Lecture 2 - Introduction (cont.)
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In this second introductory lecture, Professor Paul Fry explores the interrelation of skepticism and determinism. The nature of discourse and the related issue of discursivity is read through two modern works, Anton Chekov's Cherry Orchard and Henry James' The Ambassadors. Exemplary critical focus on literary authority is located in Michel Foucault's "What Is an Author" and Roland Barthes' "The Death of the Author," both of which are read with an emphasis on their historical contexts. Objections to the approach and conclusions of the two theorists are examined, particularly in light of the rise of cultural studies.
Foucault, Michel. "What Is an Author?" In The Critical Tradition, pp. 904-14
Barthes, Roland. "The Death of the Author." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 874-77
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