Search Results: "Roland Barthes"


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S/Z by Roland Barthes
Released: Sept. 9, 1974

"Barthes has brought new life to a foundering literary aesthetics with this synthesis of science and imaginative humanism, for those familiar with the terminology."
In this essential application of structural linguistics to the problems of literary criticism, Roland Barthes—a disciple of Saussure and one of the cardinal spokesmen of semiology—opposes both the goals and methods of classic rhetoric. Read full book review >

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A BARTHES READER by Roland Barthes
Released: Aug. 6, 1982

"The signals, then, are decidedly mixed here—Sontag's even more than Barthes'—but all the brilliance and outlandishness (and maybe even the self-destructiveness) of the Barthesian theory is well represented in this compendium."
Sontag has made what seem to be rather conservative—and perhaps revisionist—choices in this sampler of Barthes' work, stressing complete short essays (presumably in the interest of wholeness) over sections of Barthes' longer and more radical works (Writing Degree Zero, S/Z, The Pleasure of the Text, Camera Lucida). Read full book review >

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Released: July 13, 1981

"Readers of Susan Sontag's On Photography will find Barthes a gentler, more private, also insinuating voice on the subject."
Nothing is more present or more mysterious, still, than the Photograph—so one blinks only at Barthes' assumption, at the start of these meditations on its nature, that he is doing something exceptional. Read full book review >

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SADE, FOURIER, LOYOLA by Roland Barthes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1976

"Not everyone will be willing to trip after him, but this perversely poetic critic does generate a great deal of electricity."
Since the publication of Writing Degree Zero in 1953, Roland Barthes has been creating a body of criticism that alters in an absolute sense our traditional notion of what literature—and indeed what writing itself—is. Read full book review >

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THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT by Roland Barthes
Released: May 27, 1975

"Not an explication: a striptease revealing what is absolutely new in the art of narrative."
Now that he's set down once and for all time a system of literary structural analysis (S/Z, 1974), what can Barthes possibly do for an encore? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1984

"Otherwise: intricate, often dazzling intellectual explorations—but too limited by Barthes' theoretical framework to bring real illumination to music or art."
Five of the essays here—including the seminal "The Third Meaning," which is Barthes' semiological prÉcis of the element of "code apperception" independent of a "signified" or a "signifier"—have been published before, in 1977's Image/Music/Text. Read full book review >

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MOURNING DIARY by Roland Barthes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A catharsis for writer and reader alike."
The French philosopher opens his heart in a book he never intended to publish. Read full book review >

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THE FASHION SYSTEM by Richard  Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 1983

"Linguists may appreciate his precise dissection of codes and matrices; most other readers may suffer through the semantics to enjoy the closing and far more anarchic perceptions."
In Mythologies, Barthes hinted that fashion magazines might provide a ready field for semiological analysis. Read full book review >

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THE GRAIN OF THE VOICE by Roland Barthes
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1984

"And, even if much of the material here is near-comically ingrown and jargoned, with interviewers struggling to duplicate Barthes' vocabulary, some readers will find useful, relatively unforbidding introductions to Barthes' ideas—many of which have not worn well—while devout Barthesians will pore over every word."
Although the late Roland Barthes says at one point here that he does not like giving interviews, this volume contains 39 of them—and still others, according to an editorial note, may also have taken place. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE OF SIGNS by Richard  Howard
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"There is more concentrated pleasure here, however—along with fewer stylistic and other impediments—than in major works of the canon."
Brief appreciations of things Japanese, of the "richness, mobility, and subtlety" of the Japanese "exchange of signs": published in France in 1970, and Barthes at his most seductive. Read full book review >

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THE SEMIOTIC CHALLENGE by Richard  Howard
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1988

"Reading Barthes the scholar rather than the social critic (though he's freewheelingly campy in both: blasÉ about sources, using lan Fleming's Goldfinger as an exemplary text at one point) is refreshing, and the book—though not for many outside the academy, probably—earns its distinction as such."
Something under half the pieces here are generalized restatements of the uses of semiology—"Sociology and Socio-logic," "Semiology and Urbanism," "Senfiology and Medicine"—that were originally addresses or contributions to omnibus volumes. Read full book review >

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NEW CRITICAL ESSAYS by Richard  Howard
Released: July 1, 1980

"This can lead, at best, to a string of thought-provoking dicta, but in any case it fails to leave the reader with a coherent view of the work in question."
Eight not-so-new essays, as ingenious and exasperating as ever, by the late M. Barthes. Read full book review >