What is an author? A comparative study of Søren Kierkegaard and Liu Xie on the meanings of writing

Eva K W MAN*

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Abstract

This study analyzes Kierkegaard's theory of authorship from a comparative perspective, by using Liu Xie's Chinese literary criticism in Wenxin Diaolongã as a comparative model. It examines the meaning of an author of literature writing, the spiritual, the aesthetic dimensions and the creative force of compositional literary writing, and finally the goal of writing, as elaborated by these two authors. In Kierkegaard's sense, the quality of writing is mainly tied up with the religious mind of a person, while to Liu, the quality of writing is related to the moral quality of a person. The following examination demonstrates how Kierkegaard and Liu complement and enrich each other in the understanding of authorship and writing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-142
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy

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