File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9810, message 68


Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 09:00:14 +1100
Subject: Kundera & the Death of the Author


It seems that Milan Kundera, in his non-fiction work "The Art of the
Novel", criticises the "frivolities" of Barthes, Foucault et al for
misconceiving the novel. He argues, does he not, that the novel has an
inherent "spirit" about it, a spirit of uncertainty. By placing the novel
on the same playing field as everything else in life (in fact by reducing
it to an intersection of discourses), the novel is forgotten. Kundera sees
this as part of the "forgetting of being" that postmodernism is all about.


   

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