Morte d'Author: An Autopsy  

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"The deconstructionists ("deconstructionist" and "poststructuralist" mean the same thing, by the way: "poststructuralist" is what you call a deconstructionist who doesn't want to be called a deconstructionist)" --“Greatly Exaggerated” (1992) by David Foster Wallace

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Morte d'Author: An Autopsy (1990) is a book by H. L. Hix. David Foster Wallace comments on it in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. The title is a play of words on the death of the author and on Le morte d'Arthur.


"IN 1968, ROLAND BARTHES proclaimed the death of the author in a manner reminiscent of Nietzsche's proclamation of the death of God. Yet, similarities in manner notwithstanding, the two proclamations are radically different in nature. Nietzsche's proclamation is an obituary; Barthes' is a suicide note, and an enigmatic one at that, for "this enemy of authors is himself preeminently an author, a writer whose varied products reveal a personal style and vision."1 And what is worse than the fact that Barthes, himself an author, proclaimed the death of the author, is that he proclaimed it in writing. Assent to Barthes' claim has been, not surprisingly, far from universal; however, in recent years increasing attention has been given to the phenomenon it attempts to describe."

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