Pretexts of Authority: The Rhetoric of Authorship in the Renaissance Preface
Stanford University Press, 1994 - 198 Seiten
To study changing notions of authorship, and of the relation between author and audience in the Renaissance, the author focuses on the interface between text itself, audience, and the preface. He shows that in the preface complex questions about an individual's relations to the public sphere were (indeed, still are) worked out. Instead of disparaging the individuality of the author however, he argues that the shift between systems of authorization in the Renaissance enabled the preface - indeed, authorship itself - to emerge as a mode of self-authorization.
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