Writing

How does an authorial identity develop?

By

Karen Eastland

 

Barthes theorises that an authorial identity develops once the creation leaves the ‘creators’ domain and infiltrates the audience’s realm of understandings. This constructs superfluousness around an author’s position. The consideration of thought by the audience then creates an authorial identity concerning the ‘creation’ they have just experienced. (Barthes) Michel Foucault views that the ‘notion of the author’ (Foucault) establishes an ‘individualisation in the history of conceptualisations’ (Foucault) no matter the form an authorial creator or creation takes.

How does an authorial identity develop?