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date: 17 October 2021

p. 92. Literaturelocked

p. 92. Literaturelocked

  • Gary Gutting


Foucault used his writing to escape from any pigeonholing of identity and to allow him to become someone else. Is being an author a matter of having an identity? ‘Literature’ considers this question and examines 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.

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