Removal of the Author (Roland Barthes)

"The removal of the author... is not merely an historical fact or an act of writing; it utterly transforms the modern text (or which is the same thing the text is henceforth made and read in such a way that at all levels its author is absent.)" (145)

Barthes in S/Z, is of the opinion that the removal of the author is simply a part of discourse. As such, the necessity of having the author in the text or story becomes redundant.

This is illustrated in his short story "Sarrasine", in which the reader becomes the "Author" or rather the producer of the text; the reader as the producer replacing the authorial perspective.