In 1967, literary critic and semiotician Roland Barthes wrote an essay called “La mort de l’auteur” that is in many ways foundational for the field of literary studies. It describes the way that literary interpretation works — both why and how. Since we do a lot of that on this show, figured it would be a good idea to delve into it and figure out exactly what it means…. to interpret the essay on interpretation.
So, after a week off the air with technical difficulties, the regular gang is all here, Mav, Wayne, Katya and Hannah do a metatextual deep dive into criticism… all while figuring out what Wayne’s sexy Halloween costume should be.
Citations and Links:
- This episode’s Call for Comments
- “La mort de l’auteur” by Roland Barthes
- Sexy Karl Marx: version 1 and version 2
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