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A little-known gem, the text of Barthes’s What Is Sport? was never reprinted in the Seuil editions of his Complete Works—neither the three-volume version nor the later five-volume edition. It is published here in a graceful and faithful English translation by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard. Originally commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporationas the text f ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 28th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published 1960)
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This is a strange and quite marvellous little book. In Mythologies, Barthes has two widely read and cited assays about sport – the Tour de France and Wrestling. This short book continues the theme in the form of a film script from the early 1960s for a Canadian documentary. It is richly written (as expected from Barthes) and is poetic – it merits several revists in its evocations of motor racing, bull fighting, football (soccer), ice hockey, and cycling. Beautiful, and a reminder in a world wher ...more

Really interesting book, basically Barthes doing his signature analysis, only on various sports.
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Roland Barthes was a French literary critic, literary and social theorist, philosopher, and semiotician. Barthes' work extended over many fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, Marxism and post-structuralism.
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