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Roland Barthes


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Roland Gérard Barthes (12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) 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, anthropology and post-structuralism.

Roland Barthes was born on 12 November 1915 in the town of ... more »

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  • ''The photographic image ... is a message without a code.''
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In Image Music Text (1977). "The Photographic Message," no. 1, Communications (Paris, 1961).
  • Ensnared in his starvation, Chaplin-man is always just below political awareness. A strike is a catastrophe for him because it threatens a man truly blinded by his hunger; this man achieves an awarene...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The Poor and the Proletariat," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972). Of Charlie Chaplin's character on...
  • There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of ...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The World of Wrestling," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972). "What wrestling is above all meant to p...
  • To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "The Writer on Holiday," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).
  • A language is therefore a horizon, and style a vertical dimension, which together map out for the writer a Nature, since he does not choose either. The language functions negatively, as the initial li...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "What Is Writing?" Writing Degree Zero (1953, trans. 1967).
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