So, because we have so many presentations this Wednesday, I'm going to keep this part short.
I, too, will be talking about Barthes' "Death of the Author", and metafiction (self-referentialism, talking about fiction in fiction, etc), but (hopefully) in a different way...
A few things you should think about before or after reading the story:
1) Is Barth emphasizing the death of the author by explicitly writing himself into his own story? If he isn't explicitly a part of his story, would we lose the author altogether? We, as the readers, are constantly reminded of how fully in control of the story and plot the author is. Does this, in turn, imply that there is no meaning in the text past what Barth points out?
2) Is there a purpose to the story itself or is Barth just playing with the reader?
3) Can we call this the 'death of the reader'?
These are some preliminary thoughts/questions. Barth seems to be both mocking and using postmodern self-referentialism to emphasize his point.
A quote from the story to leave you with. To emphasize the teasing of the author:
“For all a person knows the first time through, the end could be just around any corner; perhaps, not impossibly it’s been within reach any number of times. On the other hand he may be scarcely past the start, with everything yet to get through, an intolerable idea.” (92)
I love you all,
(and I hope this helps)