by Roland Barthes

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ISBN-13: 9782757841754
Publisher: Contemporary French Fiction
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the 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 College de France until his death in 1980.

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Mythologies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
axelp on LibraryThing 10 months ago
"I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object."
jddunn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was good bitesize subway reading. Geeky, whimsical application of theory to pop-culture at its best. But serious in its way too. Didn't leave much of a lasting impression on me though. Probably worth revisiting at some point when I know more and can get more of the references and context.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
If you're interested in some thoughtful reading, this is a good choice. Barthes' ideas are relevant, intriguing, and very useful for literature studies.
BeeQuiet on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Great book, I have to say I felt really sorry for the poor guy when I got to the end, he sounded so sad and...well, alienated, in his conclusion. Bless his little Commie socks.Joking aside, Barthes created here a genuinely accessible explanation of structural linguistics as first written on by Saussure. The book is a a compilation of articles, followed by a chapter at the end going into a vigerous explanation of the throey underlying the practise of a semiotic analysis. Essential for anyone studying Marx, or culture. It's also generally interesting and a good book even for those who have no real sociological grounding, and is a pretty easy read.
abclaret on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The book works in two parts, firstly as a journalistic foray into debunking the ideological underpinnings for a number of myths which have taken Barthes eye over a number of years, usually composed as counterpoints to mainstream bourgeois press like Elle magazine and L'express in France. And the second part of the book is espousing the theory of semiotics. If I start with the weakest, the later is a rather wordy and turgid read consisting of just over a third of the book, giving the background to the signalling process which conveys ideas and themes from a particular source within bourgeois society and its wider reverberations. The theory clearly could be an integral part of any cultural critic's arsenal, but suffers from not being lucid or over-concise. I would even go far as to say it reads academic and I was at pains to understand his point in some of the passages. To the main core of the book, I would say almost the opposite. A number of cultural items come under Barthes cross-hairs; wrestling, plastic, steak & chips, margarine, etc, etc. He examines the cultural significance and the underpinning politics of the topic at hand. This works particularly well in pieces like, 'Poor and the Proletariat', 'Novels and Children', 'Striptease' and 'Astrology' where his better sensibilities are able to takeover and round on what the ideology espousing really reads like. I would suggest avoid reading the later 'Myth Today' piece unless you have a particular need.
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