The Grain of the Voice: Interviews 1962-1980

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Overview

This book brings together the great majority of Barthes's interviews that originally appeared in French in Le Figaro Littéraire, Cahiers du Cinéma, France-Observateur, L'Express, and elsewhere. Barthes replied to questions—on the cinema, on his own works, on fashion, writing, and criticism—in his unique voice; here we have Barthes in conversation, speaking directly, with all his individuality. These interviews provide an insight into the rich, probing intelligence of one of the great and influential minds of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collected here are many previously published interviews with Barthes, which give him a forum for discussing his work. He also comments on a wide variety of issues, arguing, for example, that de Sade is a great writer, that laziness is the student's rebellion against academic rigidity. PW called the text ``candid and pointed.'' January
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810126404
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 961,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Roland Barthes (1915–1980) was born in Normandy, raised in Paris, and was educated at the Sorbonne and Centre national de la recherche scientifique. His first book, Mythologies, about myths in popular culture, was published in 1957. He was a central figure in schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. His works include S/Z, Camera Lucida, and the essay "The Death of the Author." Northwestern University Press is reissuing Barthes’s New Critical Essays this season as well.

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