Roland barthes, the death of the author (1967) The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture. (most significant: death of the author is the birth of the reader. It is always in flux the only sure thing we can know is change and what is temporary. For the last 150 years, western art has become more an object lesson in self-discovery than a medium of aesthetic representation. Idea of what is beauty? shifts to what is art? : shift to individualism, questioning what is beauty, warhol, art is anything you say is art, artist loses authority through constant fragmentation over generations, celebrity, self-awareness of your actions. Interconnected collage of form and content: campbell blurs the boundaries between, non-authorial and the authorial voice. hayley; did she actually say what was written: autobiography and fiction. we cannot know anything; book is elusive in truth.