What are the main points raised in Barthes' "The Death of the Author" and "From Work to Text"?

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In "The Death of the Author," Barthes' main argument is for the separation of the product and its creator. He believes that any consideration of authorial intention is incorrect as well as unrelated and that the practice of seeing a work through the author's identity and beliefs limits that work to that single interpretation. In this way, he also believes in the power of readers to make meaning from a text, not only to receive it; the reader thus becomes an active and essential role in the understanding of the text. On the other hand, relying on the writer exclusively to understand a text deprives readers of that power and creates a bias for the interpretation of the text. He argues that a reader's interpretation based on an idea of authorial intention may not even be true, because we will never know exactly what the author meant anyway.

In "From Work to Text," Barthes' central thesis is that written language can be treated either as work or text and that a conception of text is more...

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