Remarks On “The Death Of The Author”

In 1967, French essayist and literary hypothesizer Roland G. Barthes¹ published The Death of the Author (La mort de l'auteur), which takes, as its central aim, the delegitimization of "the Author" (capitalization his) for the prioritization of "the reader," a point arrived at by Barthes' through his belief that textual signification reached a point of… Continue reading Remarks On “The Death Of The Author”

Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness

Gustav Jönsson's, High Theory and Low Seriousness (2019) --- a brisk and biting critique of contemporary literary theory published via Quillette  --- opens with an assault upon the practice of 'deep reading' (analytically interrogating a text to find overarching, underlying or purposefully or accidentally embedded meanings which may not necessarily be explicit). Sixty years ago today, just as Henderson… Continue reading Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness