"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . For Barthes, words and o...more
On Arranging My Library
Arranging a library is no easy task:
I think Tolkien will be happy to share his space
With Virgil and Homer,
In my Library.
While I can feel the glare in my back
as I stack
Nabokov next to that one copy of
Dan Brown I own.
Arranging a library is no easy task:
To do so this seriously is almost to practice
In an amateurish and private fashion,
The art of literary criticism.
And once that notion entered my library,
My authors took to their relative positions
With none of that dismissiven ...more
Most of the text is a series of short essays that discuss what the author refers to as ‘myths’. Now, these aren’t really the kinds of things that you might automatically associate with the word ‘myth’. There is a longish (longish for a book t ...more
Among the high school wrestlers I watched, there were some who elicited greater and lesser degrees of sympathy or repugnance, while one--though otherwise an inarticulate hulk--was transformed on the mat into a figure of grace, performing pins swiftly and cl ...more
According to Barthes, a mythologist is (not just an irreverent, cultural jester, but) an individual who recognizes a cultural myth, s ...more
although it didn't end up going where i thought it would...
barthes envisions the process of myth as a pernicious tool of the dominant power structure for the covert distortion of history...
his analysis centers on the notion that myth is used in the modern world to 'naturalize' concepts that the bourgeois power base wants the masses to believe 'go without saying' or are seemingly essential parts of human existence...
i'd never really thought of myth in this light...
barthes argum ...more
ثم يقوم بالجزء الثاني (والذي أظنه الأهم ) بتحليلها مستعيناً بعلم الرموز ونظرية سوسير في النظر إلى تلك الأساطير كرمز يتكون من دال ومدلول ودلالة وما إلى ذلك ويركز كثير على دور الايدولوجيا في إنشاء تلك الأساطير جعلها تظهر بمظهر عفوي بعد أن تشوه طبيعتها التاريخية والسياسية .. كتاب يستحق القراءة ويجعلك تبدأ النظر لهذا العالم وتحليل كل مايبدو طبيعياً وبديهياً من زاو ...more
But hot damn, does it make freshmen's heads explode. Pre-tween little brainses everywhere.
There are few ...more
This edition is in two parts - the first being a series of some fifty or so short essays on certain events or things, and their symbolic/semiotic meanings. Everything from wrestling to Greta Garbo to margarine to a populist conservative who supported Vichy France and reminds me of the fringes of the Tea Party.
My favorites are the essays on Wrestling - it is a story, more so than a physical competition, and Toys - which directly shape a child's occupations and thoughts. Eve ...more
Pg. 244: "Myth can reach everything, corrupt everything, and even the very act of refusing oneself to it."
Math as a "finished language which derives its very perfection from this acceptance of death". Quantitative-as-death.
Tautology reaches the ...more
I love the idea of myth as violence, the idea that it represents the stripping of a word or an image of all of its historical and political content, replacing it with an ideal. And in the world of today, it is almost always a political or marketing kind of ideal. Aesop, mythmaker extraordinaire, ensures through his stories that there is no longer a living, breathing, hungry lion, ...more
On y trouve certains passages très amusants, mais il ne s’agit jamais de rien de plus que d’opinions subjectives assumées (10) et il est important de garder en tête qu’il s’agit d’une œuvre qui se veut une provocation libératrice sinon, on risque de trouver Barthes franchement stupide. Le vrai problème, c’est que ces réflexions sont trop souvent inintéressantes autant en ce qui a trait aux objets choisis qu’en ce qui concerne la réflexion sur ces objet, générale ...more