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The most famous name in French literary circles from the late 1950s till his death in 1981, Roland Barthes maintained a contradictory rapport with the cinema. As a cultural critic, he warned of its surreptitious ability to lead the enthralled spectator toward an acceptance of a pre-given world. As a leftist, he understood that spectacle could be turned against itself and provoke deep questioning of that pre-given world. And as an extraordinarily sensitive human being, he relished the beauty of images and the community they could bring together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190277550
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Philip Watts was Professor of French at Columbia University and Chair of the department from 2008 to 2012.

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface


Chapter One - A Degraded Spectacle

Chapter Two - Refresh the Perception of the World

Chapter Three - Barthes and Bazin

Chapter Four- Another Revolution

Chapter Five - Exiting the Movie Theater

Chapter Six - The Melodramatic Imagination

Conclusion - From Barthes to Rancière?

Interview With Jacques Rancière

Nine Texts on the Cinema by Roland Barthes

Barthes and Cinema: A Bibliography


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