Invisible author : last essays /

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Main Author: Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923-
Format: Book
Published:Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2002.
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Main Author:Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923-

A blend of memoir and narrative, Invisible Author consists of six lectures by Christine Brooke-Rose, in which she discusses her own work, thus breaking the taboo that authors should not write about their writings, though constantly invited to talk about them. The collection ends with a splendidly summarizing interview by Lorna Sage. The book's main concern is the narrative sentence, expressing the author's "authority." Traditionally it dominated, it was in the past tense, and impersonal, like that of the historian, as opposed to speech-forms, which have a different grammar. Brooke-Rose discovers and analyzes the paradoxical use of the present tense (which belongs to speech-forms), but without its concomitant first person, to create an impersonal yet closely simultaneous narrative sentence.

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Physical Description:206 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-193) and index.
ISBN:0814208932 (cloth : alk. paper)
0814208924 (alk. paper)
0814250890 (pbk. : alk. paper)