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Title: Literaire pseudonimiteit als samenspel van auteur en lezer
Author(s): VAN ZOGGEL, Marc
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 51 Issue: 4 Date: 2009
This article argues that pseudonymity is an interesting subject for research on authorship and authorial strategies, but also that pseudonymity reaches beyond questions of the authorial kind. It inevitably involves an interaction between author, text, context, and reader. In the first part of the article, pseudonymity is defined in terms of a ‘literary fact’. Starting from Foucault’s concept of the ‘author function’ and Kripke’s linguistic philosophy on proper names, it appears that a pseudonym may generate a different author as long as the empirical author has previously published under a pseudonym or under his own name. In the second part, theories about authorial intentions, in particular Hans Vandevoorde’s ideas on this subject, are applied to pseudonymity. By studying the pseudonymity of the Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans and ideas of Couturier and Compagnon on the author and the reader, it is shown that an additional category of authorial intention may be useful: implicit external intentions.