2021 Abstracts Stage 2

The Death of the Minority Author: How the removal of the author can be understood as oppressive to minority authors in the modern world.

Toby Finn Balshaw, 2021, Stage 2

The philosophical concept known as ‘The Death of the Author’ was first coined by Roland Barthes, in his 1967 essay of the same name. In short, it is the idea that all prestige bestowed upon an author should be removed, and that the figure of the author is no more important than anyone else.
Within my work I intend to argue that if this concept were to be applied within the modern world, it would either directly cause, or allow for, the oppression of minority authors.

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