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“The Death of the Author” (French: La mort de l’auteur) is a 1967 essay by the French literary critic and theorist Roland Barthes (1915–80). Barthes’ essay argues against traditional literary criticism’s practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author in an interpretation of a text, and instead argues that writing and creator are unrelated.
In the first edition of the Cleveland Review of Books and Mahall’s collaborative “Night School,” we’ll read this text and explore ways that it illuminates contemporary art and literature.
We’ll explore the thorny relationship between author and writer. On the one hand, it’s probably too much to say that “culture” is the author of a text without regard for the author. But on the other hand, it’s totally correct that the author is does not own their text, or rather, the author cannot dictate the entire meaning of a text after its production (for better or worse).
Once we get through some of the theoretical groundwork, we can have an open discussion and think about (and rant about) some real life examples of where this dynamic plays out (pretty much any work of art produced).
Find a pdf below, and we’ll see you later this month! Hopefully this will be a fun and enlightening time for all of us.
The Cleveland Review is a regionally-focused journal of literary, cultural, and art criticism. Billy Lennon is its editor-in-chief.
Night School will be held in the Apartment at Mahall’s.