Performing Authorship by Sonja Longolius
Strategies of "Becoming an Author" in the Works of Paul Auster, Candice Breitz, Sophie Calle, and Jonathan Safran Foer (Culture & Theory)

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Authors do not only create artworks. In the process of creating, they simultaneously bring to life their authorial persona. Approaching this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary point of view, Sonja Longolius develops a concept of "performative authorship" by examining different strategies of becoming an author. She demonstrates this idea through a critical and comparative analysis of the works of Paul Auster, Candice Breitz, Sophie Calle, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Specifically, Auster/Calle and Breitz/Foer form a generational pair of opposites, enabling a discussion of postmodern and post-postmodern artistic strategies of performative authorship.

 

About Sonja Longolius

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Sonja Longolius is a literary scholar, art historian, and curator based in Berlin, Germany.
 
Published October 15, 2016 by Transcript-Verlag. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction