Roland Barthes

(1915_1980 / Cherbourg-Octeville)

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 Cherbourg in Normandy. He was the son of naval officer Louis Barthes, who was killed in a battle in the North Sea before his son was one year old. His mother, Henriette Barthes, and his aunt and grandmother raised him in the village of Urt and the city of Bayonne. When Barthes was eleven, his family... 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).
  • 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...
  • Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment; it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack ... to th...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Wine and Milk," Mythologies (1957, trans. 1972).
  • ''The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.''
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies, trans. by Richard Howard (1979). "Buffet Finishes off...
  • New York ... is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accum...
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. repr. In The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies, trans. by Richard Howard (1979). "Buffet Finishes Off...
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