Gisèle Sapiro: Authorship and Responsibility: Literary Trials and the Ethics of Writing
Date:Wednesday, 22 February 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location:CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall (C231), 2nd floor
What are the limits of literary freedom? Writers' claims for autonomy have encountered legal restrictions to their freedom of speech. As suggested by Foucault, censorship has shaped the very notion of authorship. This talk will confront the diverging conceptions of the author’s responsibility in France and the beliefs in the power of writing that underlie them through the debates surrounding literary trials, including the cases of Béranger, Courier, Flaubert, Baudelaire, the naturalists, and the purge trials after World War II. In reaction to these conceptions, writers developed their own code of ethics, which contributed to the emergence of an autonomous literary field and to the construction of the figure of the public intellectual, embodied by Zola and by Sartre.
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