Continuing on “The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes (1967) and “What Is an Author?” by Michel Foucault (1969), and finally getting to “Against Theory” by Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels (1982).
What could it mean to say that a text, once written, speaks itself? We get into Foucault’s critique of the cult of the author and the reader-centric types of analysis he proposes in its place. Plus, Knapp and Michaels’s poem written by natural forces on a rock. Crazy stuff!
End song: “The Auteur” by David J (2018). Listen to Mark’s interview with him in Nakedly Examined Music #73.
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