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Image-Music-Text by Roland Barthes
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bookshelves: read-in-2010s, communication

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 synthesis of his thoughts. I found it an agonizingly slow read. However, I did enjoy that he kept using James Bond as an example.
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