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Bob
Often just as impenetrable and abstruse as you fear - Susan Sontag's introductory essay to the 1968 English translation is enormously helpful in suggesting what to look for and laying out the ground rules of Barthes' thought - also by suggesting which essays to start with (not at the beginning).
Inevitably a reader educated in the Anglo-American tradition, first language English, is going to retain a bit of ethnocentrism, so it is good medicine to read someone for whom "literature" means "French
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Mohammed Yusuf

الكتابة,الأسلوب,اللغة أعمدة أساسية للأدب سواء أكان سياسيا ,روائيا أو غير ذلك
أول قراءاتي للكتب النقدية ولقد واجهت صعوبة في التعامل معه .. تحولت إلى إستمتاع بعد فترة وجيزة .. حيث بدأت أتحرك معه فكريا
بنية الكتاب ورؤيته في إعتقادي تمثل إفتراضات وليست بالقطعيات ولكن تعد نظرة من خبير كما يقال ..
مفهوم الكتابة في درجة الصفر تناقض عندي بين عدة رؤى للكاتب بين التأثير وغيابه في الحالة الصفرية وبين ما حمله للكلمات التي أصبحت إتكاءة على المفهوم لها دور في توضيحه لكن ليست مرتكز فهذه الصورة الغيابية هي حالة ص
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Soeine
Roland Barthes succinctly expresses his concern about the separation between the (writer’s) individual “style” and the “language” of society. According to him, these two “objects” of convention (“style” and “language”) escape the writer’s control. The writer cannot choose them; they are given to him. Style results from one’s habits formed over the passage of time in his personal and biological conditions, and is alien to language which results from social convention, common to all social members ...more
Nikola Tasev
Written in a style heavy with complex, unneeded, heavy expressions and clumsy similes. Using words outside their normal definitions without providing his own definition. Using different meanings of a word without clarifying which one he means (Language, History - personal and societal). Talking about Literature and meaning just French literature. A whole lot of fluff you need to go through before you can see what he means. The author never states clearly something he can dance about - "let me te ...more
wigwam
11/15
I believe this is the earliest Barthes there is, certainly that I've read, but his ideas and methods are basically fully-formed if surprisingly conventional (maybe cuz it's about novels and poetry and his studies here are/were deeper as the tradition would allow than his later investigations I've read on film and photography and semiology?) (I mean, that stuff is all here too in a way...)

There's some amazing sequences, especially early on looking at The Novel, and he articulates all these d
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M.
my notes:

ix: America vs Europe, in Sontag's eyes, the level of discourse in the US is still retarded

xiii-xiv: "writing" vs. "ecriture" (further, note page 1). "form considered as human intention"

xvii: "literature verges on becoming a total experience"

10: language is not a "fund" but rather a "limit"
11: language: "a vertical & lonely dimension of thought"
not historical, but biological or biographical

17-18: change in form evidences a change in "mentality and conciousness" i.e. the revolutation
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Kent
Barthes' primary allegiance is to the impulse that leads an artist to write. The language the writer uses, his style, is an organic response to what he feels needs to be said. It all seems so simple. And what I'm especially interested in is his statement describing accessibility in literature. It is merely a decision, for the writer, to participate in the dominant (for Barthes, this reads "bourgeoisie) rhetoric of that time. The writer is the one in control, then. There is no one language system ...more
verbava
у всьому цьому (недовгому) тексті про літературу (взагалі, помітьте) барт аж двічі покликається на не-французьких письменників: агату крісті (не називаючи ні її, ні "вбивство роджера акройда", до якого, власне, й відсилає) і франца кафку (втім, не на нього самого, а на те, що про нього писав французький бланшо). і так багато говорить про особливості французької мови (простий минулий час у романі) як засадничі для розуміння літератури, що навіть сумніви виникають, чи вважає він літературою щось, ...more
Stefan Szczelkun
In 1953 I was five and the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II of England was the main event. There was a surge in TV buying as the ceremony was relayed live and someone on our street got one and soon after we got our own black and white set and I was watching Bill & Ben the Flowerpot Men and Andy Pandy and Hopalong Cassidy.

Meanwhile over in Paris the renegade critic Roland Barthes had his first book of essays printed - Writing Degree Zero. These essays contained startling and brilliant insight
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Oscar Fuentevilla
No es mi favorito de Barthes, definitivamente tiene mucho mejores. O tal vez es el tema que analiza no es tan estudiado de mi parte cómo otros... pero siempre analiza la literatura en cualquier libro de él, aunque sea un poco.

Pero para alguien que quiere escribir y entender el fino arte de la literatura así como su historia, está de lujo. De echo una de mis particularidades favoritas de Barthes en todos sus libros es su figura narrativa y de redacción... es en verdad un gran escritor y tiene un
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Scott
Cryptograms of the writing of novels and histories with an singular approach using the styles of Flaubert, Camus, Balzac, Voltaire, Rousseau, Cayrol, Gide, Borges, Beckett, and on and so forth, to make some point about the Novel, History, and the languages found and made. It's a dense book, and it even seems that Susan Sontag is trying to make you not read it in her preface. This book was probably too much for the heavy American literary audience at one time, but I'm not so sure now. Then again ...more
Tosh
Not my favorite of the Barthes book, but the "Empire of Signs" is the one that springs to mind as being a masterpiece of some sort - as well as his great "Mythologies." Nevertheless, a very dense piece of work and an early Roland title as well. Geared totally to French literature, it is interesting in how it conveys a thoughtfulness on the art of reading and writing literature. There's text, and then there is how Barthes looks at that text. He is the scientist of the mood, and therefore probably ...more
Erwin Maack


Existe imagem mais voluptuosa do que a de um leito em deriva? Imagem profunda, pois reúne três ideias: a do amor, a da flutuação e a do pensamento de que o desejo é uma força em deriva - razão por que se propôs como a melhor abordagem, senão como a melhor tradução, da pulsão freudiana (conceito que provocou muita discussão) a própria palavra deriva: a deriva do tenente Loti (sobre as águas da Tessalônica, no bairro de Eiub, ao sabor das tardes de inverno, com Aziyadé ou dos degraus da devassidã
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Eric
I only feel like reading Barthes mid-morning, at the caffeine crest. I'm skimming this as part of an obligatory lit-survey. His particular statement of 'classic vs. romantic' is perceptive (smooth, monotonous, compacted 'relational' diction as opposed to a more various and individually colorful word-choice) but needlessly elaborate; Strachey says the same thing, but in less than half the page-space.
Timothy
I enjoyed feeling like I actually understood most of his book, and Susan Sontag's introductory essay helped. I don't actually like the schema that Barthes uses of language, style, and writing: the idea that the first two are immutable givens (linguistic/social and biological, respectively) doesn't make sense to me in light of later theory. But the rest of the book is a great read.
Daryn
Barthes was trained as a philosopher, so his account of French literary history is a little dated. Also, his lectures are too brief and one-sided to be compelling. That said, this presents a provocative counterargument to Jean-Paul Sartre's equally relevant What is Literature?, pointing up some of the weaknesses in Sartre's case for a "committed" or "engaged" literature.
Yoana
Не мога да й дам оценка, защото разбрах най-много 25% от съдържанието, като какво по дяволите разбира Барт под "почерк" (ecriture) попада в останалите 75%. Никога преди книга не ме е карала да се чувствам толкова глупава. Отивам да чета обяснения на Барт за идиоти.
Grace
The introduction, by Susan Sontag, gave me a clear picture of what to expect. This was a really tough read. I think it's something I will read again when I have a little more background, more than likely after I've read Sartre's What is Literature?
Ryan
I wouldn't recommend this book as an intro to Barthes. Susan Sontag even seems to think the same. She wrote the preface. I might rather recommend Mythologies if you want to ease into Barthes. Of course, how you read is up to y o u.
Conor
Not exactly what I expected, but not a bad time either. I really only liked the later half when Barthes talks about the drive toward fresh language in the novel. One wonders what he'd make of something like Ridley Walker.
Anna
Aug 04, 2010 Anna is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Matthew for taking me up on the suggestion to read something at the same time. The conversations are proving very fruitful! And Barthes to be a wonderfully lucid craftsman.
Andrew
Barthes is pure intellectual pleasure. Here he combines a history of the actions of writing that are applicable to many areas of life. A must read for the arts.
Sebastián
Interesante reflexión de Barthes. El lenguaje marca una pauta y presenta la oportunidad de comprender el proceso de expresión. Quiero leerlo en francés
Leonard Pierce
If this is less staggeringly powerful than "Mythologies" and "S/Z", it's only by an eyelash. A must-read for any serious writer -- or reader.
Rasha Kurdi
كتاب ماتع في فلسفة اللغة والأدب يناقش وظيفتها في الأدب الكلاسيكي والحديث ويختم بعبارة خالدة وهي (الأدب يوتوبيا اللغة)..
Sudenly
Es una lástima que buena parte del libro se pierda en la traducción.
Tom
I'm not sure of my view of this book. I probably ought to reread it.
Charlie Geoghegan-Clements
Can't believe I've never read this. Gettin' it done.
Loislanefreitas
Interessante. Mas não nas aulas de xô dótora Babo :-/
Archer
Jun 17, 2008 Archer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
recommended by my secret obsessions
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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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