The impact of Reader Response Theory or Criticism on literary criticism over the past thirty-five years has been profound and wide-ranging. intellect, a more ambitious form of critical approach seemed demanded which was the structural one. While Derrida never mentions Barthes’ essay “The Death of the Author” in this piece, I nonetheless find in Derrida’s memorial for Barthes a contribution to the theorization of the author’s death. Barthes discusses the importance of this work to be an example of how the author has disconnected himself from his writing. This essay written in response to the death of his friend combines the personal sense of loss with a more general theory of the author.

Moving from Structuralism to Post-Structuralism 1802 Words | 8 Pages. What is structuralism Structuralism is an intellectual movement which began in France in the 1950s—seen in the works of Claude Levi –Strauss , the … Roland Barthes: The Death of the Author. In The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes, Barthes discusses an author named Honore De Balzac and his novella Sarrasine. If this is a question that can be answered by simply reading “The Deaths of Roland Barthes”, feel free to tell me to sod off and read. Is Rolan Barthes' concept of “death of the author” antithetical to post-structuralist literary theories?

Undoubtedly, ‘new’ ideas often provoke anti-intellectual reactions and this has been especially true of the reception of the theories of ‘structuralism’ (Selden 51). It emerged in the 1970s as an influential critical theory of the Post-Structuralist tradition firmly There can be no real level of independent thinking achieved by the reader if their thoughts are dictated by the Author… Post Structuralism is consequent on and is a reaction to structuralism—it would not exist without structuralism.

Roland Barthes says in his essay The Death of the Author, “The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.” For the most part I agree with this statement. Balzac “plays” with his characters and their gender. In Sarrasine Zambinella who is a woman …

Barthes's essay which belongs to the French as well as world 'Post -Structuralist' criticism from 1980 and onwards, creates or makes a dichotomy of the 'work' between the writer and the reader.