Roland Barthes  

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"Re-read Barthes now and you realise that there was no great methodology, no "great theory". Rather, he makes his point through cumulative aphorism and shrewd observation. His achievement? To make us take The Simpsons seriously. As Professor Morris Zapp says in David Lodge's academic satire Small World, 'I'm a bit of a deconstructionist myself.' . . ." --Stephen Bayley on Roland Barthes in The Independent of May 2002

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Roland Barthes (November 12, 1915March 25, 1980) was a French intellectual. Barthes's work extended over many fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiology, existentialism, Marxism and post-structuralism. In a postmodern context he is best known for his essay Death of the Author.


His Works
  • Essais critiques (1981), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Le Degré zéro de l'écriture suivi de Nouveaux essais critiques (1972), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Le plaisir du texte (1973), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Litérature et réalité (1982), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Michelet (1988), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Mythologies (1957, Seuil:Paris.
  • Œuvres complètes (1993), Editions du Seuil:[Paris].
  • Poétique du récit (1977), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Recherche de Proust (1980), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • S/Z (1970), Seuil:[Paris].
  • Sade, Fourier, Loyola (1980), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • Sur Racine (1979), Editions du Seuil:[Paris]
  • Système de la mode (1967), Editions du Seuil:Paris.
  • "Éléments de sémiologie" (1964), Communications 4, Seuil:Paris.
  • "Préface" (1978), La Parole Intermédiaire, F. Flahault, Seuil:Paris
Translations to English
  • A Barthes Reader (1982), Hill and Wang, New York.
  • A lover's Discourse : Fragments (1990), Penguin Books:London.
  • Camera Lucida : Reflections on Photography (1981), Hill and Wang :New York.
  • Criticism and Truth (1987), The Athlone Pr.:London.
  • Elements of Semiology (1968), Hill and Wang:New York.
  • Image, Music, Text (1977), Hill and Wang:New York.
  • Incidents (1992), University of California Press:Berkeley.
  • Michelet (1987), B.Blackwell:Oxford.
  • Mythologies (1972), Hill and Wang:New York.
  • New critical essays (1990), University of California Press:Berkeley.
  • On Racine (1992), University of California Press:Berkeley
  • Roland Barthes (1988), Macmillan Pr.:London.
  • The Eiffel Tower, and other mythologies (1997), University of California Press:Berkeley.
  • The Fashion system=[Systeme de la mode] (1967), University of California Pr.:Berkeley.
  • The Grain of the Voice : interviews 1962-1980 (1985), Jonathan Cape : London.
  • The Pleasure of the Text (1975), Hill and Wang:New York.
  • The Responsibility of Forms : Critical essays on music, art, and repre (1985), Basil Blackwell:Oxford.
  • The Rustle of Language (1986), B.Blackwell:Oxford.
  • The Semiotic Challenge (1994), University of California Press Berkeley.
  • What is Sport (2007), Yale University Press: London and New Haven
  • Writer Sollers (1987), University of Minnesota Press:Minneapolis.
  • Writing Degree Zero (1968), Hill and Wang:New York.

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