what does the statement -"death of the author liberates the text from theological meaning" imply? I am confused about what is meant by "author-god" in Barthes' essay "The Death of the Author"

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One might consider the concept of the “author-god” as one of ultimate authority. A theological phrase “thy word is law” also applies to this concept. As readers we recognize the power, knowledge and authority of the author when he or she infuses this into their writing. The concept of death to the author suggests that the body of the author’s work should stand regardless. The writing in question should survive “death of the author.” This means that if we take away all of our knowledge of the author—his or her life experience, background knowledge, education, and etc. the writing should stand and survive on it’s own merits.

 

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