Barthes Reader

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A Barthes Reader gives one the image of Barthes as one of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available several steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts- and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human. Susan Sontag's prefatory essay is one of her finest acts of criticism, informed by intellectual sympathy and a sure sense of the contours of the mind she is describing.

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Overview

A Barthes Reader gives one the image of Barthes as one of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available several steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts- and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human. Susan Sontag's prefatory essay is one of her finest acts of criticism, informed by intellectual sympathy and a sure sense of the contours of the mind she is describing.

Selections from the wide ranges of works by the man who set the direction for modern cultural and literary criticism.

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"Roland Barthes must be counted the most characteristic and important French intellectual of the structuralist generation that gained worldwide attention in the 1960s. Yet as an intellectual authority—maître à penser, as the French tend to say—he cut a curious figure. He detested all forms of authority, worried about the power wielded by the teacher, and called his main subject, literature, 'a grand imposture.' He could be assertive, but always in the mode of counterstatement, affirming the inverse of society's accepted dogmas and myths. . . .

A Barthes Reader gives one the image of Barthes as one of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available several steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts—and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human. His work is always partial, passionate underneath its cool, and preliminary, ready to be superseded or contradicted, yet its pedagogical power is durable. . . . Susan Sontag's prefatory essay is one of her finest acts of criticism, informed by intellectual sympathy and a sure sense of the contours of the mind she is describing."—Peter Brooks, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374521448
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/1/1983
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 872,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the Collège de France until his death in 1980.

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Table of Contents

Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes vii
Part 1
On Gide and His Journal 3
The World of Wrestling 18
from Writing Degree Zero 31
The World as Object 62
Baudelaire's Theater 74
The Face of Garbo 82
Striptease 85
The Lady of the Camellias 89
Myth Today 93
The Last Happy Writer 150
Buffet Finishes Off New York 158
Tacitus and the Funerary Baroque 162
Part 2
from On Racine 169
Authors and Writers 185
The Photographic Message 194
The Imagination of the Sign 211
The Plates of the Encyclopedia 218
The Eiffel Tower 236
Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives 251
Flaubert and the Sentence 296
Lesson in Writing 305
Part 3
The Third Meaning 317
Fourier 334
Writers, Intellectuals, Teachers 378
from The Pleasure of the Text 404
from Roland Barthes 415
from A Lover's Discourse 426
Inaugural Lecture, College de France 457
Deliberation 479
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