Abstract

Despite a certain fuzziness, and despite strong theoretical arguments against it, the concept of the implied author continues to show up in literary discussions. There are good reasons for its endurance: whatever its limitations and imperfections, the implied author provides convenient ways of talking about particular kinds of issues and particular kinds of texts. In particular, it provides a useful way of discussing the complexities of authorial self-presentation and it offers a pragmatic handle on the intricate rhetoric of contrapuntal works, like Nabokov's Lolita, that refuse to behave in courteous ways.

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