Re: RARA-AVIS: is this a cigar ?

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 16 Apr 2002

"The Death of the Author" is a famous --some say notorious-- essay by the late Roland Barthes, an eccentric French critic known for his championing of "semiotics". I suggest reading the essay to see precisely what he meant. The cartoon summary is that an author does not know what's in the text once he has written it, that language has a life of its own, which is more of a force than the writer's intentions.

But you should not take the cartoon version. If nothing else, Barthes was a terrific writer, a gentle and brilliant critic.



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