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The Author – Wanted, Dead or Alive. New perspectives on the concept of authorship, 1700-1900

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  • Mon 05 Jun 2017 10.00 - 18.30
  • Tue 06 Jun 2017 09.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-06-05 10:00 2017-06-06 19:00 Europe/Paris The Author – Wanted, Dead or Alive. New perspectives on the concept of authorship, 1700-1900

The idea of the author as a singular, semi-mythical figure has come under fire in the scholarship of the last fifty years. Famously pronounced dead by Roland Barthes in 1967, the figure of the author has since been the subject of much debate and revision. Although the initial impulse may have come from scholars of cultural theory and literary criticism, the challenge has since been taken up by book historians like Roger Chartier, historians of literature like Gisèle Sapiro and intellectual historians like Quentin Skinner, who have rethought the category of authorship in relation to various different historical and spatial contexts. The author’s acclaimed demise has thus produced important new perspectives on the printed text and the people and structures surrounding it. As a result, in both form and content, and indeed in the relationship between these two, texts are now widely understood as the result of a multi-actor process, wherein different interests, techniques, social spheres, and geographical spaces interact. Building on this critical insight, the aim of this workshop is to give the author a post-mortem of sorts by bringing together fresh and critical historiographical perspectives on the concept of authorship, and challenging participants to think in comparative and transnational frameworks. Ideally, we seek to draw together work from a wide variety of sub-disciplines, creating a dialogue which connects often-separated fields such as book history and literary history.

Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

The idea of the author as a singular, semi-mythical figure has come under fire in the scholarship of the last fifty years. Famously pronounced dead by Roland Barthes in 1967, the figure of the author has since been the subject of much debate and revision. Although the initial impulse may have come from scholars of cultural theory and literary criticism, the challenge has since been taken up by book historians like Roger Chartier, historians of literature like Gisèle Sapiro and intellectual historians like Quentin Skinner, who have rethought the category of authorship in relation to various different historical and spatial contexts. The author’s acclaimed demise has thus produced important new perspectives on the printed text and the people and structures surrounding it. As a result, in both form and content, and indeed in the relationship between these two, texts are now widely understood as the result of a multi-actor process, wherein different interests, techniques, social spheres, and geographical spaces interact. Building on this critical insight, the aim of this workshop is to give the author a post-mortem of sorts by bringing together fresh and critical historiographical perspectives on the concept of authorship, and challenging participants to think in comparative and transnational frameworks. Ideally, we seek to draw together work from a wide variety of sub-disciplines, creating a dialogue which connects often-separated fields such as book history and literary history.


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Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

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Workshop

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John-Erik Hansson (University of Cergy-Pontoise) - Send a mail
Matilda Louise Greig (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail
Mikko Samuli Toivanen (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

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