Seán Burke (literary theorist)

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Seán Burke is an Irish literary theorist and novelist. He was a Reader in English at Durham University.[citation needed] The emphasis of his work in literary theory is opposition to postmodern decentering of the author. His response to Barthes' "Death of the Author" is titled Death and Return of the Author. He instead asserts authorial intent, even considering the issue of whether authors are personally responsible for unintended readings of their texts.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

  • Burke, Seán (1995). Authorship: from Plato to The Postmodern: A Reader, Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0748606184
  • Burke, Seán (2002). Deadwater, Serpent's Tail. ISBN 978-1852426934
  • Burke, Seán (2010). The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0748637119
  • Burke, Seán (2011). The Ethics of Writing: Authorship and Responsibility in Plato and Nietzsche, Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0748641796