Roland Barthes: La Mort de l'auteur [The Death of the Author]

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“The Death of the Author” is easily Roland Barthes’ best known text. A short essay of just seven pages, it is hard to overstate the impact it has had on literary criticism in the English-speaking world and beyond. It routinely features in the reading lists of courses which introduce students to the foundational concepts of twentieth-century literary theory, and its central ideas have been rehearsed and adapted by many writers, artists and thinkers since its initial publication in English in the avant-garde American journal Aspen in 1967. The essay was then published in the French journal Mantéia in 1968, before being re-published in English in the collection of Barthes, Image, Music, Text, …

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Citation:
O' Sullivan, Maria. "La Mort de l'auteur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 May 2013
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