The Cult of the Author


The recession can be blamed for almost every negative aspect of contemporary Australian life, so it is difficult to know whether it is responsible for the safety that marks current publishing of Australian literary criticism, or whether this kind of publishing has always been limited in its range. The parameters of such publishing are only too obvious - a tiny group of potential buyers, a tinier group of publishers dominated by multinational interests, and a group of potential authors aware that they must write with the other two groups in mind, in order to be published at all.

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Published 1 October 1993 in Volume 16 No. 2. Subjects: Australian literary criticism, Australian publishing - Economics.

Cite as: Lever, Susan. ‘The Cult of the Author.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 1993, doi: 10.20314/als.b0ae88b8c5.