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“My” Authors, and Yours

In Questions for the Panel on January 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Dean Williams, Kyoto

Thinking and writing about Kafka has made me consider the phenomenon of “Author Ownership.” There are writers/thinkers/artists/directors that we consider “ours” by virtue of the time and energy we have spent on consuming that author’s oeuvre. When we read commentaries, analysis of that person we do so with a certain proprietorial air, which can quickly turn to disgust and even anger if we feel that the critique is “incorrect” or “unfair.” I suppose the writers (I only have writers) I consider “mine” would include:

Kafka, Dickinson, Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Nabokov, Chekhov (but only for his short stories!) and Arendt.

That would be a good question to ask readers to post on: What authors/ creative figures do you consider “yours”?

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