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Neutral Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978)

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ISBN-10: 0231134053

ISBN-13: 9780231134057

Edition: 2007

Authors: Rosalind Krauss, Denis Hollier, Thomas Clerc, Eric Marty, Roland Barthes

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"I define the Neutral as that which outplays the paradigm, or rather I call Neutral everything that baffles paradigm." With these words, Roland Barthes describes a concept that profoundly shaped his work and was the subject of a landmark series of lectures delivered in 1978 at the Collge de France, just two years before his death. Not published in France until 2002, and appearing in English for the first time, these creative and engaging lectures deepen our understanding of Roland Barthes's intellectual itinerary and reveal his distinctive style as thinker and teacher. The Neutral ( le neutre), as Barthes describes it, escapes or undoes the paradigmatic binary oppositions that structure…    
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Roland Barthes (1915-1980), a French critic and intellectual, was a seminal figure in late twentieth-century literary criticism. Barthes's primary theory is that language is not simply words, but a series of indicators of a given society's assumptions. He derived his critical method from structuralism, which studies the rules behind language, and semiotics, which analyzes culture through signs and holds that meaning results from social conventions. Barthes believed that such techniques permit the reader to participate in the work of art under study, rather than merely react to it. Barthes's first books, Writing Degree Zero (1953), and Mythologies (1957), introduced his ideas to a European…