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Theorizations of a death: from the subject-author to the author-subject

Grant number: 12/11031-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): November 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal researcher:Marcos Antonio Siscar
Grantee:Rodrigo Silva Ielpo
Supervisor abroad: Dominique Rabaté
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France  
Associated to the scholarship:11/20756-7 - From the subject-author to the author-subject:crises of an announced death, BP.PD


The "death of the author", announced by Roland Barthes in the late sixties, unfolded side by side with the "death" of the subject as conceived by the humanist tradition. However, the production of autobiographical texts in the second half of the twentieth century did not stop before this crisis. In addition, a number of critics alluded to a "return to the subject" in the last decades of the century, when studies about memoirs acquired historical prominence. That which would be a crisis of the crisis invites the problematization of these deaths. Accordingly, this study examines some books by Georges Perec in which the dramatization of the inscription of the Self in writings points towards an undecidability of the answer between death and ressurrection. In seeking to escape the mentioned oppositions, Perec's writings suggest the necessity of a theoritical fomulation of that which would configure itself as a passage towards a regimen of the author in which it would be necessary to think the impossibility of the subject as origin of the literary discourse beyond the despersonalization of the Self. (AU)

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