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The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.
Once the Author is removed, the claim to decipher a text becomes quite futile. To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signifier, to close the writing.
Whereas the work is understood to be traceable to a source (through a process of derivation or "filiation"), the Text is without a source — the "author" a mere "guest" at the reading of the Text.
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The male — I have found — is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.
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