The discussion of Barthes' "Death of the Author" on friday was centered around what this metaphoric death symbolizes. The working definition I understood was that death, in an writing context, embodies the loss of authorial identity, a removal from one's work and original intent once text is codified. Barthes presentes the idea that once ideas are written, the author no longer maintains control of their intent; ultimately, once writing occurs, the reader is now in control of the message received. This conception of writing brought about a discussion concerning co-meaning, the idea that both writer and reader create a collective meaning of a text, rather than writing being purely a means of communication/transmission. Who agrees with this concept? Personally I feel that writing, if done correctly, does not "kill the author." Rather, writing creates a separate identity, one which a reader can confirm, deny, or contemplate. Is the reader really creating a new, collective meaning, or just reacting to the identity a writer creates?