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Image-Music-Text brings together major essays by Roland Barthes on the structural analysis of narrative and on issues in literary theory, on the semiotics of photograph and film, on the practice of music and voice.

Throughout the volume runs a constant movement from work to text: an attention to the very ‘grain’ of signifying activity and the desire to follow – in literatur
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 13th 1993 by Fontana Press (first published 1977)
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Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Thinks like an angel, writes like the Devil.
Sezín Koehler
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture, twin-peaks
Brilliant stuff. I want to be a French philosopher when I grow up.
Barthes is not as difficult as he initially seems to people [including myself]. The guy has what every great critic has: a sense of humour, pristine prose, and razor-sharp insight. And don't mistake him for a cut-and-dry New Critics-level formalist [I have nothing against them, let me note]; his reasoning is better and his ambitions greater. The New Critics can be seen as reductive in certain respects but if Barthes commits an act of apparent reduction, it is to open whole avenues of exploration ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic work of critical theory by the French writer Roland Barthes. It is by turn illuminating, bewildering, infuriating, contradictory, and revelatory. For graphic designes, the most relevant essays are "The Rhetoric of the Image," about the signification of commercial photography, and "The Death of the Author" and "From Work to Text," about new models of reading and writing. The last two piece in particular had a big impact on experimental design in the late 80s and early 90s. Those ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Inevitably profound, political, lucid and richly personal.

I was particularly struck by his idea of 'the third meaning', the obtuse meaning and 'the filmic', something I have never seen or heard mentioned, but ALWAYS EXPERIENCED. It is as if the secret life of art were suddenly illuminated.
Tasniem Sami
It's my firist time to read critical essays so it's alittle bit hard to juge .
The firist two articles are about photographey but the most amazing essays was the death of the author and music practisa
The death of the author is adopting what most modern critics like T.S Eliot adopted about focusing on the work of art itself rather than the author , his motives or feelings , it was something I used to believe that the authors personality is showing in his writes but actully writing is escaping fr
Oct 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Roland Barthes on Sound and Vision (to quote the great David Bowie). I can't imagine if you love the cinema you haven't read this book. Do read it, I think it's essential work in film studies as well on aesthetics in general.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
*This isn't all I have to say but it's a part of it. This is an incomplete review.*

Barthes extrapolates too much. He admits in one part of the book "This discussion has been limited to 'classical music'." Yeah, it was plainly obvious that his scope was too limited. Furthermore, he's just cheerleading for Beethoven part of the time after constructing an argument that makes Beethoven's music appear at some apogee of music. I can't buy this. Beethoven is confined by his biography just like every ot
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“the adventure of language, the unceasing celebration of its coming.” I found “Image, Music, Text” while researching my thesis. Through Bond scenes, grocery ads, and Beethoven symphonies, Roland Barthes teases out the weird magic of seeing, hearing, and interacting with culture. The writing is dense and knotty – Barthes trained as a linguist – but the ideas are insightful. His explorations of “the infinity of language” and how photographs are “floating chains of signifieds” are indeed adventurou ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Maybe add a half star for linguistic balls.
Mumtaza Rizky Iswanda
Thought provoking
Martin K.Y
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Memahami pemikiran kritis memang tidak pernah mudah, namun pewahyuan yang terbit setelahnya sangat sebanding.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: essays, french
Mostly bullshit, special interest, vague unproductive theories, bad writing style, lack of logic and layman readability.

Even with the non-special interest essays, I wasn't impressed. The writing style is simply bad in my opinion, there are way too many parentheses, sometimes as many as normal text, and his arguments lack structure (ironically) and logic. If i recall correctly, i never saw a single definition of a term, even in "The 'Grain' of the Voice" he only defines 'grain' very late after us
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-my-mfa
"The Death of the Author"

(Some classics are classic for a reason.)
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
The only other Barthes i've read was MYTHOLOGIES, which I loved. I loved how rooted that was in the real world, while this book felt completely insular and abstract. I'm also disappointed how little this book, with "music" in the title, actually spoke about music. There is one rather obnoxious essay about the difference between the active practice of music and the consumption of music as a passive listener, which seems to me like the work of someone with a very limited imagination of music's pow ...more
Şi Roland Barthes a abordat subiectul fotografiei, în „The Photographic Message” (Image. Music. Text, 1977), în care vorbeşte despre statutul special al fotografiei: un mesaj fără un cod, imaginea fiind nu o reflectare a realităţii, ci analogul ei, devenind un mesaj denotativ. Acesta se transformă în contotativ atunci când o societate îi conferă un sens pe care îl crede valid la momentul respectiv.

Semnificaţia, în opinia lui Barthes, nu este un dat, ci un construct adus la viaţă de societate şi
Theryn Fleming
This time I read "Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives" (1966). Barthes uses linguistics as a model for the structural analysis of narrative and identifies three levels of description in narrative: functions, actions, and narration. Previously I’ve read—and found useful—"Death of the Author" and "From Work to Text." Both of those are short, to-the-point essays. "Structural Analysis," on the other hand, seems to consist of his whole unsorted thought process, rather than the synth ...more
Tom Dolan
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Last night, I poured myself a nip of scotch and was all settled in to watch disc 3 of The Prisoner (Fellow Lost fans, you ain't seen shit), when I discovered the disc was missing. Miffed, I swiped up this little volume from my coffee table (where it had sat for 2 months unopened), unsheathed the OED and finally read Barthes' famous essay, "The Death of the Author." Utterly fucking brilliant. Spectacular intellectual brio and huge ideas. My only problem was its conclusion, with which I can't say ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory, literature
contains the excellent Writers, Intellectuals, Teachers and the seminal Death of the Author and, as such, is worth reading for those reasons alone. Structural Analysis of Narratives was a bit technical for me not coming from an academic-linguistic background. Walked away from it with the same feeling I get from most of Barthes's writing: a compendium of great ideas, none developed to any satisfactory level of depth. I often get the sense Barthes intended these essays to be provocations and preli ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Migraine-inducing-ly dense, working with concepts tenuously defined a few pages prior in order to tenuously define new concepts - which is partly understandable, when you're dealing with such matters, but not ideal in (post)structuralism. I found Derrida easier to read and more cohesive, which is very telling. That being said, the intelligible bits were thoroughly enjoyable, and I have a feeling other essays would've become as famous as The Death of the Author, had they been as clear and straigh ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Its been awhile, I remember struggling with Barthes, but the main thing I took away, which drew me to Bordwell's even more opaque "Film Narrative", is the breakdown of narrative into Cardinal points and quotidian points (I dont remember it called that).
There were two other dimension, but these were subset to the Cardinal and Quotidian. This part was in the Text part of the essays.

Eco's Theory of Semiotics was superior, in fact, I think there is a analogue written with far less worry and algebra
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
In "getting through the day" we often neglect key distinctions in our lives. For example, we perceive speech as spoken text, and text as reported speech. Enter, Roland Barthes to point out differences between speech and text which are not just academic, but politically important with regard to social change as well (since time-limited speech fails to be dialectical and can only lead to change if supported by timeless text).

There is much hair-splitting, but it's worthwhile.
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
di buku ini say amenemukan teks terkenal "death of an author". di pembukaannya ia mengambil contoh tulisan balzac yang dalam karyanya itu mengambil posisi 'aku', tapi perempuan.
dalam pembukaanini ia mau bilang bahwa dalam kisah author sudah hilang, mati dan kisah itu sendiri berjalan mendapatkan penyelesaiannya sendiri.
penjelasan mengenai otonomi kisah ini merupakan pernyataan yang penting buat saya.
Jared Colley
May 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection of essays that includes Barthes' famous proclamation of the "death of the author" along with memorable analyses such as "Rhetoric of the Image" and his structuralist investigation of narrative as form. This is a must for anyone interested in French Modernist/Postmodernist literary criticism.
This is another book suggestion from my dad. I remember it on his bookshelf as a kid, and I have his copy with some of his notes in it from 1986 or so. It's interesting how often he and an circle around to some of the same texts. He was also my first introduction to Sam Delaney. He had a copy of Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand in our bathroom for as long as I can remember.
John Banister
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhetoric
It's sometimes difficult to follow the prose-- I imagine in part due to the translation from French-- but overall worth it because of the depth of analysis and can no doubt be useful to students of discourse. I recommend the two selections: "Rhetoric of the Image" and "Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives."
An expansive effort, addressing TV and film, pop culture, semiotics, literature, mythology, advertising, and more, Image-Music-Text is interesting from cover to cover. But I think "Change the Object Itself" has done more to influence my understanding of literature than almost any other single piece of writing I've encountered. Read this now!!!
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed a few of the essays in this collection ("Death of the Author", "The Grain of the Voice", and some others). I should probably find another book by him. I have "mythologies" and "camera lucida" but haven't read them yet. Any suggestions?
Paul D
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i'm re-reading this and it's great. probably my favorite Barthe aside from Mythologies so far.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-non-fiction
A collection of short essays on the use of word and image together. Some really strong ones, some that lag a little, but typically brilliant observations by Barthes.
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Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology and post-structuralism.
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