[DWJ] authorial intent [was: endings]

Charlie Butler charles.hannibal at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 18:29:58 EST 2008

2008/12/30 Hallie O'Donovan <hallieod at gmail.com>

>As an author,
> he might even be big enough to say "Hey, that parody idea wasn't in mind
> when I was writing the book, but there could be something to that."

I thought that rang a bell! I just checked, and DWJ said something very like
that when I asked about her attitude to critical work on her writing in
March 2001 (an interview that was later printed in the *Exciting and
Exacting Wisdom* book). Here's what she said:

"I feel awed and amazed that people are finding things that I didn't know
were in there. Very often when I've read what people have written about my
books I see things that *are* in there and that I knew, but only at such a
subconscious level that I didn't realise until these articles pointed them

Of course, sometimes she no doubt feels that people are finding things that
*aren't* in there, but it makes the point nicely that not all intentions are
conscious intentions, and that the making of meaning can indeed be a
fruitfully collaborative process - something this list has demonstrated on
many occasions.


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