The Death of the Author, readings

Since noone gave any suggestions, here is my idea for what we’re to discuss on thursday (4pm in the Mack foyer, still don’t know where to go from there).

We’re getting a little heavier this week, with four philosophical texts that are quite widely recognized.

Roland Barthes, ‘The Death of the Author’ in Aspen, no. 5-6 (1967)

This would be the main text, and it can be found easily on the world wide web, the above links are only two of the places. So do at least try to read this one. There is also a wikipedia article on it which may put it into context for you. Then I found three texts in Art In Theory that I think would all be worth your time. Take 30 min every evening this week to skim through and you’ll be well prepared for discussiontime!

Jacques Lacan, ‘The Mirror-Phase as Formative of the Function of the I‘ in Art In Theory 1900-2000, pp. 620-624

Michel Foucault, ‘What Is an Author?’ in Art In Theory 1900-2000, pp. 949-953

Rosalind Krauss, ‘The Originality of the Avant-Garde‘ in Art In Theory 1900-2000, pp. 1032-1037

(the links provided to the Foucault and Krauss texts include the full original texts, whereas the Art In Theory-versions of those are more easily digested excerpts.)

That’s it kids, get reading!

And do sign up for a wordpress-username, and then leave a comment to this post and I’ll add you as contributors. It feels rather daunting that I should keep this going all by myself…

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One Response to The Death of the Author, readings

  1. gsabracey1 says:

    You’re not alone, though doing a very good job I must say! Good choices, all things I’ve been wanting to read anyway look forward to it.

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