The next Reading Loop will take place on Thursday November 17th at 6pm in room 117, Jessop Building, University of Sheffield.

The text that we’ll be using as a starting point for discussion is Stephen King’s Rage (1977), which the author (who wrote the book under the pseudonym Richard Bachman) withdrew from sale after the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

The theme we’ll be discussing is ART, (MORAL) OUTRAGE AND (SELF-) CENSORSHIP

There’s a version of the book available to read here, although we don’t expect everyone to have read the whole novel before the group next week.

Please feel free to bring other examples to the discussion. You might also be interested to read: (Art lawyer Henry Lydiate on the Mapplethorpe show at the Hayward, 1996) (‘Sensation and all that’, Henry Lydiate, 2002).

And thanks to Catherine A. for flagging up this link:

A follow-up text that I was gonna mention in the discussion but it’d already moved on by the time I’d worked out what I wanted to say; in relation of how we view artworks in the context of their authors, Roland Bathes wrote the essay ‘Death of the Author’ – – in which he argued that the to study a text in that way always puts a limit upon that text, and how a text belongs not to the author, but the audience, and they are the only ones that can give it a definitive interpretation that may be entirely unrelated to the authors intents and wants. It’s a good read. I always found the concept of heteronyms quite interesting, ala Fernando Pessoa, wherein he would publish different works under entirely different false names, each with their own biography and facticity, and writing style, and thus made a new fiction behind the fiction. Rick M.