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Today in Language: La mort de l'auteur de "La mort de l'auteur"

Quoi dire du renommé Roland Barthes ? Bien que j'aie lu « La mort de l'auteur » (qui n'est qu'un article tout court, et non pas tout un livre comme j'avais toujours pensé ; l'article se trouve dans l'ouvrage Le bruissement de la langue), je m'intéresse beaucoup plus à l'œuvre d'une ancienne étudiante de Barthes : Nancy Huston. Soit que je m'identifie avec une personne d'entre deux (ou plusieurs) cultures soit qu'elle est vraiment un grand écrivain, j'aime les livres de Nancy Huston et je veux lire prochainement son Dire et interdire, sa thèse de maîtrise avec Barthes. En fait, ce livre a été publié en 1980, la même année que Roland Barthes est mort le 25 mars. 
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Roland Barthes authored "The Death of the Author" in 1968 and himself died March 26, 1980. We should probably all read the essay, even though the author of it also died, and even though Barthes' argument is highly suspect. If you take it as so much grandstanding on his part, then the whole idea of the death of the author can at least help to balance a study of author intent with other factors inherent to language and text themselves.

Don't go looking for "The Death of the Author" on Amazon or in your library or through WorldCat. It's not a book (like I always thought it must be before I actually read it; after all, something that so influenced literary criticism and linguistics much surely be more than a mere essay!) but you can find it in the collection Image-Music-Text.

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