Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French cultural and literary critic, whose clever and lyrical writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the leading movements of the twentieth century. Barthes had a cult following and published seventeen books.


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Mourning Diary

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French and with an afterword by Richard Howard
Hill and Wang

“In the sentence ‘She’s no longer suffering,’ to what, to whom does ‘she’ refer? What does that present tense mean?” —Roland Barthes, from his diary The day...


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Writing Degree Zero

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith; Foreword by Adam Thirlwell
Hill and Wang

Is there any such thing as revolutionary literature? Can literature, in fact, be political at all? These are the questions Roland Barthes addresses in Writing...


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Mythologies

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Richard Howard
Hill and Wang

“No denunciation without its proper instrument of close analysis,” Roland Barthes wrote in his preface to Mythologies. There is no more proper instrument of...


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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

First published in 1977, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes is the great literary theorist’s most original work—a brilliant and playful text, gracefully...


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Camera Lucida

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Richard Howard; Foreword by Geoff Dyer
Hill and Wang

A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland...


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A Lover's Discourse

Roland Barthes; Translated from the French by Richard Howard; Foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum
Hill and Wang

A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical...


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The Rustle of Language

Roland Barthes
Hill and Wang


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Empire of Signs

Roland Barthes; Translated by Richard Howard
Hill and Wang

With this book, Barthes offers a broad-ranging meditation on the culture, society, art, literature, language, and iconography--in short, both the sign-oriented...


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A Barthes Reader

Written by Roland Barthes; Edited, and with an introduction, by Susan Sontag
Hill and Wang

A Barthes Reader gives one the image of Barthes as one of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available...


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Image-Music-Text

Roland Barthes; Translated by Stephen Heath
Hill and Wang

These essays, as selected and translated by Stephen Heath, are among the finest writings Barthes ever published on film and photography, and on the phenomena...


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Elements of Semiology

Roland Barthes; Translated by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith
Hill and Wang

"In his Course in General Linguistics, first published in 1916, Saussure postulated the existence of a general science of signs, or Semiology, of which...


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The Pleasure of the Text

Roland Barthes; Translated by Richard Miller
Hill and Wang

What is it that we do when we enjoy a text? What is the pleasure of reading? The French critic and theorist Roland Barthes’s answers to these questions...


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S/Z
S/Z

Roland Barthes; Translated by Richard Miller; Preface by Richard Howard
Hill and Wang

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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