Questions tagged [authorial-intent]

For questions about the concept of authorial intent. Please do not use this tag for questions about authors' intentions as they relate to a specific passage of text.

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Does David Housewright borrow from Michael Connelly's character Harry Bosch to develop his character Rushmore McKenzie for the McKenzie Novels?

First I read Connelly's books featuring Harry Bosch. Now I'm reading Housewright's books featuring McKenzie. At times, I nearly get the two characters confused because of their similarities. Both ...
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Is it reasonable to use the movie version of a book to interpret the book when the same author wrote both?

Related: How much weight should we give authors' declarations of their intent after the fact? Just to give a concrete example of what I'm asking about, I'm thinking in particular about The Hunger ...
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How can readers ascertain that they have identified the author's intent?

We currently have several questions about auhorial-intent, for example, How much weight is given to authors' intentions in literary analysis? and How much weight should we give authors' declarations ...
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Has Antonin Scalia's version of textualism influenced literary theory or hermeneutics?

The late U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia famously advocated a form of textualism, interpreting legal texts as reasonable readers at the time of the law's writing would've understood it. (...
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Was authorial intent ever taken seriously in academic literary theory?

What does the author mean? and What does the author want to say/convey/express/...? are questions we heard countless times during literature classes at school. In other words, it is a common didactic ...
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Do advocates of authorial intent theories consider conscious intent on the author's part mandatory for something to constitute literature?

Related: Does computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature? And the associated reading challenge proposal that inspired the questions: https://literature.meta....
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The author of a literary work disagrees with critics about meaning—who's right?

I've just come up with a conjecture on what a piece of literature means, but the author has said that they didn't mean for their work to suggest that. For example, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is ...
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How much weight should we give authors' declarations of their intent after the fact?

Very closely related: How much weight is given to authors' intentions in literary analysis? Related (as an example of what I'm talking about): Is there any textual evidence to support that ...
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How much weight is given to authors' intentions in literary analysis?

When people analyze literature, one of the first things people seem to do is look for interviews or quotes from the author where the author describes the meaning they intended their text to have. My ...