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