Foucault used his writing to escape from any pigeonholing of identity and to allow him to become someone else. Does an author not have an identity, as an author? ‘Literature’ considers this question and tries to examine it from Foucault's point of view. What did he see his role as? As an author, a person can assume a variety of roles, corresponding to a diversity of selves. Foucault was interested in the way that authors can relate to language, not as self-expression, but as a way to lose the self in language. This refers to the concept of the death of the author as self-expressive. The author is a vehicle for letting language reveal itself.