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ISBN-10: 0374521360

ISBN-13: 9780374521363

Edition: N/A

Authors: Roland Barthes, Stephen Heath

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/1/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.26" wide x 7.98" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.594
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…    

Stephen Heath is Professor of English and French Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge.