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This front matter section of the book That Wonderful Composite Called Author: Authorship in East Asian Literatures from the Beginnings to the Seventeenth Century contains the table of contents, series editors' foreword and preface. The book summarizes some essential points from the critical discussion of authorship, and synthesise these into an operational model. It formulates a new theory or even philosophy of authorship, but rather to provide a tool for the description and differentiation of specific forms of authorship through textual and contextual analysis. Alexander Nehamas remarked in his philosophical inquiry What an Author Is that "Writers are actual individuals, firmly located in history, efficient causes of their texts.

Keywords: Alexander Nehamas; east Asian literatures



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