Le bruissement de la langue
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Poche, 439 pages
Published January 2nd 1993 by Seuil (first published April 1st 1986)
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Full of unruly and incredibly satisfying ideas that one wishes would fit on a business card (to be offered to pretty strangers, recent friends, romantic partners, vaguely accusatory strangers demanding to know the content of your English degree, etc.):

"[T]he reader of the Text might be compared to an idle subject (who has relaxed his image-repetoire): this fairly empty subject strolls (this has happened to the author of these lines, and it is for this reason that he has come to an intense awaren...more
I really enjoyed "From Science to Literature", "The Death of the Author" is pretty classic, "On Reading" made me realize that I'm not sure what the difference between reading and writing is for RB, except that, in the common conception, writers are owners and readers are usufructuaries, but he's disagreeing with that conception, so. He seems to contradict himself at times, but in interesting ways - e.g., in one essay, he critiques the idea of science as a metalanguage ("the illusory privilege at...more
pay attention on section four only: THE DISCOURSE OF HISTORY.
Apr 12, 2008 Amy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Got for free; friend was giving away. Haven't read.
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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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“Man does not exist prior to language, either as a species or as an individual. We never encounter a state where man is separated from language, which he then elaborates in order to 'express' what is happening to him: it is language which teaches the definition of man, not the contrary.” 1 likes
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