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The Function of the Author in Samizdat Text Production

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In What is an Author? (1969) Michel Foucault re-defined the author of a literary work as the “principle of thrift in the proliferation of meaning”, i. e. as an unifying principle, which impedes the free manipulation and re-composition of texts. Departing from this notion, the talk will tackle relevant examples in samizdat/tamizdat textual production where the author lacks control over the further reproduction and dissemination of his/her work. The goal is to show that in samizdat the author-function theorized by Foucault disperses into the readers who reproduce the texts and construct their meanings.

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