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This article argues that Jorge Luis Borges' story Pierre Menard, Autor del Quijote is profoundly troubling to theories that invoke the author or other aspects of context to interpret a text, and for that reason useful in probing more recent conceptions of the relationship between author and reader. After a brief summary of the relevant portions of Borges's story, I investigate the theory of authorship that lies behind the narrator's understanding of Menard's text, arguing that it rests upon adoi:10.25071/2369-7326.32161 fatcat:tov6whxbizazjlsijnep3o4244