September 5, 2012
Death of the Author
"To write, is to reach that point where only language acts, 'performs,' and not 'me.'" (Barthes) It intrigues me that Barthes find an author worth only a side but not a voice is his work. To kill an author off is to kill the language the context and even the structure in some cases. I have sided with various other scholars such as McGann in thinking that writing is co-constructed. In his book, The Textual Condition, he proves this point clearly. "If texts are to be produced critically, whether through writer, reader, or editor, the texts must emphasize their relations, and their relativities." (McGann) No one work is truly original, only influenced by everything you have crossed. To hide one's voice is to hide those that you built your argument on. Text itself is ephemeral and so is the process of making it. The author, whether their fame over powers the writing, or creates expectations is no greater or less than him whom wrote it.