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ERIC Number: ED357343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 10
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Constructing an Ethical Writer for the Postmodern Scene.
Hassett, Michael J.
The advent of postmodern criticism has brought about numerous changes in the way those in the academy read and teach the reading of texts. From Michel Foucault's "What is an Author?" to Roland Barthes'"The Death of the Author" and beyond, critics and theorists have sought to decrease the author-ity of the material that is read. In doing so, these writers have been justified by the view that the reader is as much a participant in the creation of a text as is the author; hence, the "tyranny" of the author as a monolithic source of meaning in a text--a tyranny previous critical methods have assumed--has been disputed by postmodern critics. The key to Kenneth Burke's methodology of response is the idea of the "other," a notion that has become extremely important in postmodern discursive theory. A theory and pedagogy of composition should be developed that will place an ethical responsibility upon the writer to enhance "response-ability," to create a space for response. In this way, the linguistic ideal of which Burke says ideal democracy is the institutional equivalent might be approached. The ethical postmodern writer, then, will be a person attempting to write in such a way that the reader is invited into the text's space as a full and equal partner in the meaning-making process. (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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