Hey all. I missed class Monday and honestly, I’m disappointed because we hadn’t had a sit down class in a while.
What I found most interesting was Foucault’s idea about whether writers need to publish all their dribbles and drabbles in order to be justified as the author of a piece of work. Where would that line end? If I, as a writer, scribble down an idea on an old receipt, should I publish that? It’s more interesting to me to hear an author write about their process than see it. Honestly, I think it would be a lot of nonsense. It was difficult to discern if Foucault himself thought this process was time-consuming, but worth it, or a waste of time completely. He says that people see the author as a “transcendental anonymity,” so is writing a condition or a labour of an actual human being? What I understood was that Foucault thinks there is no separating the work from the author, as the name itself changes the way we read the work. So, we may see writing as a condition or a function, but still, the author has some influence over us. Again, I’m not sure if I’m reading that correctly. I would have liked to be there in class to talk it through with everyone and see what everyone’s opinions were. I think the concept of authorship is endless and I think I’ve spoken about it in every class I’ve been in since starting graduate school. And perhaps, we will never have a true answer to the question, what is an author?
For someone like Henryson, who is not as famous as someone like Chaucer, we may read his fables and his name would mean nothing to us. What is interesting is that Henryson uses the term “my author” and “myne author.” I’ve never seen that before. Is that meta-text? A narrator aware of it’s author? That’s actually pretty cool.