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Barthes (Very Short Introductions #56)

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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 outlin ...more
Published (first published May 19th 1983)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Barthes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #56), Jonathan Culler
عنوان: بارت: درآمدی بسیار کوتاه؛ نویسنده: جاناتان کالر؛ مترجم: تینا امراللهی، مشخصات نشر: تهران، علم، 1389، در 219 ص، شابک: 9789642241514؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه رولان بارت از 1915 تا 1980 م؛ زبانشناس فرانسوی
عنوان: بارت: درآمدی بسیار کوتاه؛ نویسنده: جاناتان کالر؛ مترجم: حسین شیخ الاسلامی، مشخصات نشر: تهران، افق، 1390، در 195 ص، شابک: 9789643697020؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه رولان بارت از 1915 تا 1980 م؛ زبانشناس فرانسوی؛ قرن 20
Jun 23, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Roland Barthes is often characterized as the quintessential structuralist. His erasure of the subject/author from literary analysis led to his seminal work on second-order signification (‘myths’) and the importance of structure in decoding textual ambiguities and nuance. His focus on structure and immanent critique also gave rise to a kind of materialist semiology that later redirected his focus to the ‘body’ and issues of ‘pleasure’ in the ‘writerly/readerly’ distinction from B’s earlier work. ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am, I confess, not very good with literary theory. It seems strange that an MA in English Lit can assert that, or maybe I just knew a lot of literary theorists, but it's the case. Still, now I'm TAing for the SF/F course on Coursera, I find myself debating literary theory and understanding it more through trying to explain it, and being more interested in it as well. So I've started with Barthes -- 'The Death of the Author', at least, I've always understood reasonably well -- and I've got the ...more
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انتهيت بالأمس من قراءة (أقنعة بارت) .. اليوم الذي ينتمي إلى فترة يروق لي منح تعريف لها بأنها انتظار لخروج روايتي الجديدة (الفشل في النوم مع السيدة نون) من المطبعة .. ترقب متزامن مع الإعداد للكتاب الأول من سلسلة أنوي كتابتها لتحليل ميكانيزمات اللغة في تقارير ما يسمى بالجرائم التي تم تصنيفها كنتيجة لما أُطلق عليه المرض العقلي، في تاريخ مدينتي الصغيرة، منجم الخراء كما أُسميها الآن .. صدفة كهذه من شأنها أن تستدعي حالة الطقس المفضلة لي بين حدود المسافة التي أتفحص من وراءها وضعية مهنتي في هذه المرحلة

Apr 14, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roland Barthes stood at the crossroads of structularist and post-structuralist literary and cultural theory in the second half of the twentieth century. "French theory" can either be a call to arms or a slur depending on who is speaking. Barthes carries the flag for this movement in his own distinctive way. He was not maddenly opaque or over-burdened with jargon like Lacan, nor was he as overtly and doctrinaire-ly Marxist as Baudrillard. Potential readers were not as immediately defensive as the ...more
Barthes seduced me in a college with his “Mythologies.” I was thrilled by the possibilities of reading culture’s signs and finding the hidden meanings within. Barthes fit alongside my anthropology readings, which also set out to expose beliefs and practices supposed to be “natural” as in fact cultural, and therefore, contestable.

It’s funny; reading this neat little introduction to Barthes life and work shows that his ideas are so fundamental that it seems at first unnecessary to read him. While
Justin Evans
Jul 29, 2012 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Culler's introduction to Barthes is better than Barthes' actual ideas; the older Roland got the more nonsensical and silly his ideas got... and then he got hit by a laundry truck, one of the silliest deaths in intellectual history. Culler's analysis is sympathetic but also critical. It might be a good idea for most intellectuals to read this, because his criticism of Barthes' late infatuation with 'the body' is relevant to so many of them/us: why bother going through ideology critique, why bothe ...more
Hanadi Otaibi
Aug 23, 2016 Hanadi Otaibi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رولان پارت ناقد حُر!
لم يكن پارت أسير نظرياته التي كان يُنادي بِها،ما استوقفني في شخصه بِأن پارت كان ناقِداً في المرتبة الأولى لآرائه الأدبيّة والفكريّة،انتقالاً من البنيويّة إلى السّيميائيك إلى المُتَعيّة الهادِمة في نظري لأيّ نظرية أُسّست قبلها.
والفارِق هُنا لا في وِلادة نظريّة تعارض سابقتها الفارِق والمُلفت هو توالد المُنظّر مع نظريته في كُل مرّة وبكل ما يحمِل من جُدّة.
پارت كان حُرّ حتّى من أفكاره! و هذا ما أعجبني جِداً ببارت
جابر طاحون
يتفحص كلر في كتابه ، التعددية المراوغة لشخصية رولان بارت ؛ الذي يسير مشيرًا إلي قناعه فهو مؤرخ أدبي و ميثيولوجي و ناقد و سيسولوجي و أديب . يشير كلر إلي أن رولت بارت كان معجبًا باستعارة القناع و يري في سيرة عمله النقدي ، و الإبداعي .

يتخيل كلر وصف بارت لنفسه : " لا ترهق نفسك بالبحث عن حقيقة ما أصلية وراء ما أكتبه ، لا تحاول أن تقيدني بمعني محدد لا أود تقبله ، أنا مثل البصلة لا قلب لي و لا منتهي مجرد أغلفة و حسب . "

يشبّه كيلر بارت بعرض عصبي لا تكاد تمسك به في موضع حتي يفاجئك بالظهور في موضع آخر
Though it repeats itself in places, Culler's book offers a good appraisal of Barthes, including his life, contemporaries, and his major works/ideas. The book is divided into different identities that Barthes assumes (hedonist, writer, critic, etc) and struggles to put his major works in context with these positions; this is where some of the repetition comes from since the author must, in some ways, repeat himself since some of the identities necessarily overlap (mythologist/semiologist/structur ...more
Perhaps too dense as a primer but you can pull out what you need for a basic education in the topic.
Because I need all the help I can get when it comes to French philosophers.
Dec 10, 2013 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I might enjoy reading some of his stuff to feel a "joy of literature". But, otherwise, his philosophy didn't interest me much. The philosophy of linguistics that I've read, I haven't cared that much about, though.
Feb 21, 2012 Daphne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly an immensely comprehensible introduction to Barthes and might lack brevity in some areas, leaving first-time study of Barthes more overwhelmed than enlightened.
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Second time reading this. First read it on December 6, 2012.
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