Monday, September 20, 2010

"The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes; 1977

"Death of the Author" is an essay written by Roland Barthes in 1977 which criticizes the way in which literary criticism has valued the author and his/her personal attributes, political views, tastes, etc., in order to interpret the writing. Barthes argues that the written text should be read without connecting it to the personal attributes of the author, because writing is "a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash."

I have been making things that can be used by a "reader" to create something new. I have made tools that I can use, but can also be extended to the use of the audience. Although I do find biographies interesting, I don't feel that knowledge is a prerequisite to experiencing literature, or visual art.

How would the arts function if the audience never knew of the maker?
Would Roland Barthes suggest that one should completely avoid studying the biographies of authors?
Would Roland Barthes suggest his ideas in the realm of the visual arts?

No comments:

Post a Comment