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Roland Barthes (1915–1980)

Author of Mythologies

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Roland Barthes (1915-1980), a French critic and intellectual, was a seminal figure in late twentieth-century literary criticism. Barthes's primary theory is that language is not simply words, but a series of indicators of a given society's assumptions. He derived his critical method from show more structuralism, which studies the rules behind language, and semiotics, which analyzes culture through signs and holds that meaning results from social conventions. Barthes believed that such techniques permit the reader to participate in the work of art under study, rather than merely react to it. Barthes's first books, Writing Degree Zero (1953), and Mythologies (1957), introduced his ideas to a European audience. During the 1960s his work began to appear in the United States in translation and became a strong influence on a generation of American literary critics and theorists. Other important works by Barthes are Elements of Semiology (1968), Critical Essays (1972), The Pleasure of the Text (1973), and The Empire of Signs (1982). The Barthes Reader (1983), edited by Susan Sontag, contains a wide selection of the critic's work in English translation. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Roland Barthes

Mythologies (1957) 4,356 copies, 32 reviews
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (1980) 2,581 copies, 18 reviews
A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (1977) 2,078 copies, 15 reviews
The Pleasure of the Text (1973) 1,334 copies, 14 reviews
S/Z: An Essay (1970) 1,242 copies, 7 reviews
Image, Music, Text (1977) 1,128 copies, 8 reviews
Empire of Signs (1970) 745 copies, 6 reviews
Writing Degree Zero (1953) 734 copies, 5 reviews
Elements of Semiology (1964) 508 copies, 3 reviews
Roland Barthes (1975) 476 copies, 5 reviews
A Barthes Reader (1982) 412 copies, 1 review
The mourning diary (2009) 307 copies, 4 reviews
Sade, Fourier, Loyola (1913) 285 copies, 2 reviews
The Rustle of Language (1984) 282 copies
The Fashion System (1967) 242 copies, 2 reviews
Criticism and Truth (Classic Criticism) (1966) 188 copies, 2 reviews
The Semiotic Challenge (1964) 187 copies, 1 review
Critical Essays (1963) 186 copies, 2 reviews
Incidents (1987) 137 copies
Michelet (1980) — Author — 125 copies, 1 review
On Racine (1963) 115 copies, 1 review
The Language of Fashion (2004) 109 copies, 1 review
Leçon (1977) 97 copies, 1 review
L'obvie et l'obtus (1982) 89 copies
L'Analyse structurale du récit (1966) 81 copies, 3 reviews
New Critical Essays (1980) 54 copies
What Is Sport? (2004) 47 copies, 1 review
The Death of the Author (2002) 43 copies, 1 review
La retorica antica (1982) 34 copies, 1 review
Poétique du récit (1976) 34 copies
Travels in China (2009) 29 copies
Writer Sollers (1979) 26 copies
Littérature et réalité (1982) 20 copies
Recherche de Proust (1980) 14 copies
Het werkelijkheidseffect (2004) 10 copies, 2 reviews
Erté (1975) 9 copies
Marcel Proust - Mélanges (2020) 9 copies
SISTEMA DE LA MODA Y OTROS ESCRITOS, EL (2003) 8 copies, 1 review
Ecrits sur le theatre (2002) 8 copies
Arcimboldo (1980) 8 copies, 1 review
All except you (1983) 6 copies
Barthes (1980) 5 copies
Linguistica e literatura (1978) 4 copies
Kärlekens samtal (2022) 3 copies
Exegesis Y Hermeneutica (1976) 3 copies, 1 review
Alors la Chine ? (1975) 2 copies
Lo verosimil 2 copies
Chronik (2003) 2 copies
¿Por donde empezar? (1974) 2 copies, 1 review
El plaer del text (2023) 1 copy
Mitologjitë 1 copy, 1 review
El léxico del autor (2023) 1 copy, 1 review
*ANY 1 copy
O Texto, A Leitura 1 copy, 1 review
Œuvres complètes (1993) 1 copy
L'Arc N° 56: Barthes. (1974) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,388 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 937 copies, 7 reviews
Satanism and Witchcraft: The Classic Study of Medieval Superstition (1862) — Foreword, some editions — 512 copies, 5 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 403 copies, 1 review
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (1984) — Contributor — 227 copies
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contributor — 224 copies
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Contributor — 181 copies, 2 reviews
Tricks (1978) — Foreword, some editions — 121 copies
Jean Renoir (1973) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies

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A study in grief of the author's diary of the year following his mother's death. It came during a time of mourning for me and I found it worthwhile, sometimes profound, sometimes self-pitying but helpful.
 
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filbo_2024 | Apr 25, 2024 |
i have a confession, if you promise not to tell: i have a crush right now :( and here's the thing: barthes perfectly captures how it feels to have a crush. this was not really what i expected, because i kind of went in blind, but his lover is the unreciprocated lover. his lover really is the subject of the story, which withholds him from being the object. and jesus christ he understood EXACTLY how it feels. like, not all of this is relatable and a small portion of it is also not compelling (a little too much mother-child psychoanalysis talk for my liking), but the bits that hit hard really HIT. i took so many photos of pages and paragraphs that resonate, but the one thing that really has been bouncing around in my brain like a screensaver is the bit where he's like "anxiety conferred by the telephone: the true signature of love." AND IT STILL IS!!!!! damn it roland, how did you know i would one day spend hours waiting for a text back. insane… (more)
 
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i. | 14 other reviews | Mar 16, 2024 |
S/Z is the linguistic distillation of Barthes's system of semiology, a series of signs and symbols, in which a Balzac novella, Sarrasine, is dissected semantically to uncover layers of unsuspected meanings and connotations.
 
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