That the text kills its parent (Derrida) and that the Author is dead (Barthes) indicate the violently opposed nature of binary couplings. Though joined, they are in constant tension. As the author produces the text, he produces the means of his own destruction. But, in so doing, he defines himself as Author -- no Author can exist without a text. No text can live without an Author to bring it forth to life. Even after its birth, it kills the parent only to recall the parent to life. We turn to the name of the author to classify the text and to give it unity and legitimacy. Some writings become texts because an author has written them (letters, marginalia, etc.) ( Foucault, "What is an Author?").

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