Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes

by Michael Moriarty, Moriarty Michael


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This book provides a lively introduction to the work of Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth century's most important literary and cultural theorists. The book covers all aspects of Barthes's writings including his work on literary theory, mass communications, the theatre and politics. Moriarty argues that Barthes's writing must not be seen as an unchanging body of thought, and that we should study his ideas in the contexts within which they were formulated, debated and developed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804719339
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 12/01/1991
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Michael Moriarty is also the author of Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France, (Cambridge University Press, 1988).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

A Note on References x

Abbreviations xii

Introduction 1

Part I Sign and Ideology 15

1 Myths 19

2 Writing and Responsibility 31

3 Barthes on Theatre 44

Part II The Structuralist Activity 53

4 Literary Structuralism I: The Ethnography of Tragedy 59

5 'A Little Scientific Delirium': Barthes as Semiologist 73

6 Literary Structuralism II: Narrative Analysis 91

Part III Beyond the Sign 103

7 The Post-Structural Analysis of Narrative 117

8 Text and its Pleasures 143

Part IV Late Barthes 155

9 Affirming the Imaginary 169

10 The Body 186

11 Image and Real 195

Biographical Appendix 209

Notes 211

Bibliography 241

Index 249

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