Post modernism is a highly disputed term with many subjects which can be analysed from either a philosophical, cultural or artistic point of view amongst others. This essay will cover how the theory of “The death of the author” (1997), by Roland Barthes, can be applied to the movie Moulin Rouge (2001) directed by Baz Luhrmann.
According to Barthes “Death of the author” occurs when the creator’s original message is lost after its production, which means it is impossible to find the original meaning as viewers are allowed to interpret and re write the piece in a different way other than intended. However Barthes does not think of it as a hindrance more a step forward to allow other ideas to be born from it. ”the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.” (Barthes 1977: p4)
This essay will also examine how intertexuality, cliché and the term mash-up is linked to “The death of the author” and how that in turn is linked to “Moulin Rouge” (2001)
Would you say that this is heading in the right direction?