Presiding Officer: Walter Pape, University of Cologne
The “death of the author” (Barthes/Foucault) or his “comeback” (Jannidis et. al.) both focus on the postmodern “birth of the reader” (Barthes) – the reader being, above all, the literary critic. Yet the crucial question is how the authorship is set in scene, both by himself and by the reader. Establishing and staging a special author’s ‘identity’ is closely linked to the way in which mask, role, and the ‘self’ merge into, or reject, the traditional roles. The relation of the specific role and the model – or, speaking, in postmodern terms, the author’s interface – can reveal how the complex process of authorship is staged.
This session addresses recurring role-models – Thomas Mann playing Goethe, Uwe Tellkamp playing the author of the Buddenbrooks – throughout the history of German literature: How are these processes negotiated by fiction itself? In addition, analyses may use the term “interface“ as a theoretical approach for the dependence of any author’s self-portrayal on role-models.
Submit a proposal now (Proposal deadline: May 12, 2013): : http://www.pamla.org/2013/topics/author-s-interface-playing-poet
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