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Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Richard Howard; Foreword by Adam Phillips

Hill and Wang

0374251460

9780374251468

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208 Pages

$15.00

CAD17.00

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"An autobiography without on author that is the autobiography of an author; of a life lived in writing, which language, more often than not, is the subject."—Adam Phillips, from his foreword

First published in 1977, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes is a unique autobiography and the great literary theorist’s most original work—a brilliant and playful text, gracefully combining the personal and the theoretical to reveal Roland Barthes’s tastes, his childhood, his education, his passions and regrets.  The commentator himself becomes the subject of the commentary and reveals startling fragments of a life made of words.

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"Highly original, extremely fertile and inventive, [Barthes] really does represent, in a peculiarly qualified way, a new kind of writing, and he continually discovers new ways or writing about writing . . . It is a remarkable book."—Frank Kermode, The New York Times Book Review

“In Roland Barthes, the critic has at last turned toward himself as the text to be studied. The result is a highly unconventional ‘autobiography’ (splendidly translated) which is brilliant and baffling by turns.”—The Washington Post

"Though Barthes left behind disciples, there can be no replacing him; his brilliance has a wavelength all its own."—John Updike

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ROLAND BARTHES was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.
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  • Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Richard Howard; Foreword by Adam Phillips

  • Roland Barthes was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.
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