The Author as Proprietor: Donaldson v. Becket and the Genealogy of Modern Authorship

  title={The Author as Proprietor: Donaldson v. Becket and the Genealogy of Modern Authorship},
  author={M. Henry Rose},
  • M. Rose
  • Published 1 July 1988
  • Art
  • Representations
The coming into being of the notion of "author" constitutes the privileged moment of individualization in the history of ideas, knowledge, literature, philosophy, and the sciences. Even today when we reconstruct the history of a concept, literary genre, or school of philosophy, such categories seem relatively weak, secondary, and superimposed scansions in comparison with the solid andfundamental unit of the author and the work. -Michel Foucault, "What Is an Author?"' 

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