Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byJonathan Culler

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This acclaimed short study, originally published in 1983, and now thoroughly updated, elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the 'incomparable enlivener of the literary mind' whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world intelligible.He has a multi-faceted claim to fame: to some he is the structuralist who outlined a 'science of literature', and the most prominent promoter of semiology; to others he stands not for science but pleasure, espousing a theory of literature which gives the reader a creative role. This book describesthe many projects, which Barthes explored and which helped to change the way we think about a range of cultural phenomena - from literature, fashion, wrestling, and advertising to notions of the self, of history, and of nature.

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This acclaimed short study, originally published in 1983, and now thoroughly updated, elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the 'incomparable enlivener of the literary mind' whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world intelligible.He has a multi-faceted claim to fame: to so...

Jonathan Culler is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and a leading figure in the world of literary theory. Praised by Frank Kermode for his 'remarkable expository skills', his publications include seminal works on deconstruction and semiology as well as studies of individual authors. HisVSI Literary...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801597

ISBN - 13:9780192801593

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Preface1. Man of parts2. Literary Historian3. Mythologist4. Critic5. Polemicist6. Semiologist7. Structuralist8. Hedonist9. Writer10. Man of Letters11. Barthes after BarthesBibliography

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`Review from other book by this author It is impossible to imagine a clearer treatment of the subject, or one that is, within the given limits of length, more comprehensive. Culler has always been remarkable for his expository skills, and here he has found exactly the right method and tonefor his purposes.'Sir Frank Kermode