Can We Ever Kill the Author?

Humanities Minutes

In this episode, we discuss infamous author Norman Mailer and explore a timely question, given the recent accusations of sexual misconduct throughout Hollywood and beyond and the #MeToo movement: Can you really separate the art from the artist?

Read the original essay by Roland Barthes, “La mort de l’auteur” here, and the translation by Richard Howard here.

Be sure to read Mailer’s works, like The Armies of the Night.

Looking to read more about Mailer’s life? Grab a copy of Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon and check out Allen Barra’s profile in The Atlantic.

Learn more about the Harry Ransom Center’s Norman Mailer collection and see examples of letters in the collection.

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