Author: Ribiere, Mireille


ISBN 978-1-84760-072-1 Pdf file size 874kb. 90 pages One printing permitted; copying disabled.
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This comprehensive study guide to Roland Barthes's work tracks his intellectual evolution, with particular emphasis on those areas where his influence is felt most strongly today.

Key stages in Barthes's intellectual itinerary are discussed in seven core chapters: Mythologies; Semiology; New criticism; Structuralism; Reader writer and text; Pleasure, the body and the self; and Photography. In each chapter concepts are contextualised so that the reader may understand the issues debated during the period under scrutiny, and the strength and originality of Barthes's contribution to those debates surrounding cultural forms. The successive shifts in Barthes's thought are also carefully explained and highlighted to avoid any confusion in the readers mind between concepts or theories developed at different stages. Another three chapters (Barthes in perspective; Barthes's legacy; and Paradox: a way of thinking) offer an overview of Barthes's career and a general assessment of his place in the intellectual landscape of the last fifty years.

About the author

Mireille Ribiere is an author and translator. A well-known specialist of the work of French writer Georges Perec, she has published extensively in the fields of twentieth century literature as well as photography and the visual arts. For further details, see

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"Both academics and students, in addition to the wider public ... will benefit greatly from this comprehensive monograph. The book covers a wide spectrum of Barthes’ ideas on myth and mythology, literary form and ideology, semiology, and other critical contributions. One important characteristic of the book is its accessibility due to the clear and rigorous style of Ribiere in unfolding Barthes” theories."--Dr Dalia Said Mostafa, The University of Manchester

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