Author : Ufuk ŞAHİN
Number of pages : 413-427


This article focuses on the reflections of the theory, “The Death of the Author”, put forward by Roland Barthes in 1967, on To the Hermitage written by British author, academic, critic, biographer, television scriptwriter and novelist Malcolm Bradbury, and published in 2000. Although that he imposes his certain personal characteristics or idiosyncrasies to the narrator-main character, and more importantly, metafictional elements such as interventions, digressions, comments and explanations he adopts in To the Hermitage by being especially stylistically affected by French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot’s works, particularly by his Jacques the Fatalist and Rameau’s Nephew, give the impression that Bradbury aims to refute Barthes’s theory, an attentive reading or stylistic examination of the novel reveals the fact that he supports this theory, but by using unusual methods or ways, or that he wants to add new elements or features to it, especially with his own theory called “Postmortemism” which covers the posthumous “experiences” or adventures of remarkable figures: their funerals and disinterments, and artistic or literary, adventures of their works, especially after their deaths, that is, intertextuality. From a different viewpoint, with this brand new theory which at first sight can be considered as a counter-theory to that of Barthes, Bradbury actually wants to offer a different


Malcolm Bradbury, To the Hermitage, Roland Barthes, the Death of the Author, Postmortemism

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