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S/Z: An Essay by Roland Barthes

S/Z: An Essay (1970)

by Roland Barthes

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Great book for understanding structural analysis. Also a great way to comprehend the difference between the classic and modern text. Though he says little about the modern text per se, you are able to locate the conventions inherent to the classic text and therefore better appreciate what today we would call the post-modern text. Some may find it a bit drawn out, but that is merely because it is comprehensive. It is in fact a thorough reading and so is well worth the time. Even though the five categories that he breaks the classic text's conventions around can become redundant - they allow everyone the chance to comprehend these conventions fully so that they can actually come away from the essay and apply the same techniques on their own. ( )
  PhilSroka | Apr 12, 2016 |
spooky proto-postmodern. ( )
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Roland Barthesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fulka, JosefTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, RichardPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is the trace of work done during a two-year seminar (1968-1969) at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes.

I hope that the students, auditors, and friends who took part in this seminar will accept this dedication of a text which was written according to their attention to it.
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Preface by Richard Howard. Translated by Richard Miller. This is Barthes's scrupulous literary analysis of Balzac's short story "Sarrasine."

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S/Z is the linguistic distillation of Barthes's system of semiology, a science of signs and symbols, in which a Balzac nevella, Sarrasine, is dissected semantically in order to uncover layers of unsuspected meanings and connotations. In the process, Barthes reveals the immeasurably fecund nature of language. His interpretation of language and meaning within the structuralist mode is a classic work of semiotic theory, profoundly influential on a generation of Anglo-American theorists.… (more)

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