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INTRODUCTION

More than thirty years ago Michel Foucault reframed the analysis of authorship by asking questions that were simultaneously theoretical and mundane, questions that cut across disciplines as diverse as bibli­ ography, philosophy, literary studies, history, and library management. What does it mean to classify a certain body of texts as belonging to a certain author? How do categories of author and work relate to and constitute each other? Is the name of the author like any other personal noun, or does it have other functions? How does the relationship between the authors name and the epistemological status of claims vary across different disciplines? What does that tell us about the discursive regimes in which those disciplines operate?1