Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Title

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

Language

English

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. © 2013 Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Journal of Chinese Philosophy

Volume

40

Issue

1

Start Page

123

End Page

142

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/1540-6253.12024

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1540-6253.12024

ISSN (print)

03018121

ISSN (electronic)

15406253

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