According to Foucault, it is the “author- function”. Foucault sets apart the author-function ascribing four features in relation to various. aspects of a discourse that abets and establishes its distinction from other discourses bordering. simply to books or text that are authored.

Foucault uses the term ‘author function’ – a concept that replaces the idea of the author as a person, and instead refers to the ‘discourse’ that surrounds an author or body of work. … Discourses produce knowledge and effects of power, and they follow rules.


Michel Foucault believed that there could be more authors function as well. According to him. An author as the centre is constructed to establish a unified meaning from text. So the text itself is meaning. An author can be displaced from the text but cannot be removed completely