Last season, Seagull Books published the first three volumes in a new series collecting essays and interviews by the late French thinker Roland Barthes. This season they’ll bring the five-volume set to completion with the publication of “Masculine, Feminine, Neuter” and Signs and Images.
Signs and Images gathers pieces related to Barthes’ central concerns: semiotics, visual culture, art, cinema, and photography. It is a rare compilation of his articles on film criticism and reviews on art exhibitions. The volume features essays on Marthe Arnould, Lucien Clergue, Daniel Boudinet, Richard Avedon, Bernard Faucon, and many more.
Taken together, the five volumes in this series are a gift to Barthes’ many fans, helping to round out our understanding of this restless, protean thinker and his legacy.
About the Author
Roland Barthes (1915–80) was one of the leading French writers, philosophers, and critics of the twentieth century. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England.
Table of Contents
Gromaire, Lurçat and Calder 1
Cinema, Right and Left 14
The Problem of Signification in Cinema 21
Review of Civilisation de l'Image 35
Visual Information 41
Dandyism and Fashion 48
The Civilization of the Image 57
Preface: (Emmanuel Pereire Exhibition Catalogue) 62
The Marthe Arnould Exhibition 67
Visualization and Language: (Interview) 70
Japan: The Art of Living, the Art of Signs (Interview) 82
What Is Good 95
Like That (On Some Photographs R. Avedon) 101
On Some Photographs Daniel Boudinet 107
Colouring, Degree Zero 122
Bernard Faucon 125
The Interval (On the Japan exhibition) 130
There Is No Man (On The Bronte Sisters Film) 135
Note on an Album of Photographs Lucien Clergue 141