Barthes, Roland. Translated by Heath, Stephen.  Image, Music, Text.  London, United Kingdom: Fontana Press. 1977.

The work of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the French cultural theorist and analyst, embraces a wide range of cultural phenomena, including advertising, fashion, food, and wrestling. He focused on cultural phenomena as language systems, and was considered both a structuralism and post-structuralist.  Image, Music, Text brings together Barthes major essays on literary theory, analysis of character and the semiotics of photograph and film and the practice of music and voice. At this point I have read in depth, “Death of the Author,” which enabled me to consider how I structure my own writing and the forfeit of my own voice as author. Barthes has a way of subtracting attachment from a piece of work but not so that the work loses aura or its own potential for expansion and morphosis. By freeing the text of its author the possibilities of definition and interpretation are endless/ ever changing. Barthes believes when a text is created it’s a multifaceted manifestation of different cultures, ideas languages beliefs, theologies, philosophies etc.   As a creative writer where my voice is quite apparent I am considering how this can change when structuring my writing. To not structure the words for my own breath rather that each line is a constructed thought available to be tampered with. “Once the author is removed, the claim to decipher text becomes quite futile” (Barthes, 1977)

Music and Health Author(s): Eva Augusta Vescelius Source: The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jul., 1918), pp. 376-401 Published by: Oxford University Press Stable URL: