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Borges story, “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote”, illustrates a series of problems to the traditional notion of authorship. Examine these problems using Barthes’ account of the death of the Author.
How does Pierre Menard’s project cast light on the problems of traditional authority? What does Borges’ story show us about the question of the Author?
Pierre Menard, Author Of The Quixote Response Paper
Length: 2 pages (550 Words)
The book “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” by Borges is a passage that mixes a sophisticated sense of humor which focuses on the scholasticism of the academic. The story revolves around an admirable French author called Pierre Menard. Borges first lists the author’s visible works in a rather delicate, pompous, and academic style, and attempts to use his literary authority through providing documentary proof of citations of very real journals and authors in the footnotes as well as mentions of actual authors. He uses the footnotes in being able to create an impression of assuming authority commonly used technique throughout the story. Examining these problems using Barth’s account of the Authors death can help us in gaining more understanding of the problems that were associated with the traditional notions of authorship.