the author is dead inasmuch as I can read what I want into their work and alive inasmuch as I can acknowledge the context in which they wrote that work and possible hate them for it. *_*
im sorry i am totally going to hijack this post because THE AUTHOR IS DEAD gives me a lot of feelings, good and bad. and i agree with you laura i just want to speak word things.
so the author is dead is a double edged sword. on one hand, it grants a piece of work freedom from the constraints under which it was envisioned. intent means nothing—what the author wanted does not apply. we can take a work and make it become other in how we view it and analyze it. did Lucy Maud Montgomery intend for her work to be totally queer? who cares!! the author is dead and that is what we make of it. and so the piece can stand away from its creator, as a Separate Thing.
on the OTHER hand, it grants a piece of work freedom from the constraints under which it was envisioned. which can be REALLY, REALLY BAD!
let’s look at HP Lovecraft. he is a dead author in both senses of the world (good) (what a fucking douchebag). So we can take his works and declare him dead and examine his stories without the influence of his intent.
BUT. his stories are intrinsically, intentionally racist. in declaring the author dead (ie he no longer has a role in the stories/we should not be influenced by his personal views), we are cutting off very important context, in how the work was created and how it still functions today—as super fucking racist stories that are oppressive and violently bigoted!!
because the death of the author—well, one of the core principles behind it is that we should not look at aspects of the author that may be in their writing. WHICH! IS! BULLSHIT!! If a violent bigot writes something, you can BET as i read it i am going to keep that fact in mind, that this was conceived and created by someone who held harmful views near and dear to their heart—and it WILL influence my reading, and I think that is important!
because, look, im going to be honest, i am super sick of people trying to divorce works from their creators. look at roman polanski—that is a prime example of people becoming so infatuated with a work that they brush off the harm the author has done and continues to do! with the propagation of their work. and so people continue to buy his work and he makes money through which he can escape justice, because the work is sooo grand as a Separate Thing we are not seeing how it is also a tool for the author.
SO YEAH. a lot of the idea of the death of the author are good and intriguing and even true, but it also handwaves away more troubling aspects.
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