The author imago: addressing a lacuna in hermeneutic applications of the Author-figure
thesisposted on 19.08.2020 by Megan Blake
In order to distinguish essays and pre-prints from academic theses, we have a separate category. These are often much longer text based documents than a paper.
I propose that literary theory should recognise the individual mental image of the author that each reader has, and use it to understand the different ways in which readers interpret the same text. I argue that this figure does not currently exist in theory, but that both professional and amateur interpreters use it, even unconsciously.