Barthes death of an author.

“To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close the writing” (1325).  Barthes statement points out that if an author is present for a work of literature, it stops having any meaning the instance the work is complete.  As we’ve discussed in class, the signs are in a constant state of flux; so the sign for a concept/sound image to the author at any fixed point in time can, and will change before the text reaches the reader.  I also believe because, as a reader, I cannot trust the sign to stay the same,  the influence of the author cannot be accounted when translation occurs either.  Overall, I agree that Barthes qualifying the reader as more important than the Author is warranted, and quite possibly, overdue.  Who knows what Twilight will mean to the reader in 20 years.

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