Michael Moriarity

Roland Barthes


Titel: Roland Barthes, 1991
Uitgever: Polity press
ISBN13: 978-0-7456-0456-5ISBN: 9780745604565


"Moriarty's considerable achievement is to provide a sustained focus on the forms and functions of the politics of Barthes's writing, and he demonstrates convincingly how, for Barthes, writing is always engagement, responsibility, project, politics. At the same time the book displays a keen sense of the variousness of that writing, offering scrupulously attentive and sophisticated commentaries on the main texts and key topics in Barthes's work."
Ann Jefferson, University of Oxford

Roland Barthes is one of the most important post-war contributors to literary and cultural theory. His writing goes beyond his activity as a theorist and becomes the expression of a powerful personal vision and a sustained examination of the resources, effects and limitations of language. This important new study offers an invaluable introduction to all aspects of Barthes's writings, presenting a clear and cogent reading not only of his literary theory, but also of his work on mass communications, the theatre and politics.

Moriarty sets out to do justice to the continuities and shifts in Barthes's work. He argues that Barthes's writing must not be seen as an unchanging body of thought, but rather his ideas should be viewed in the context within which they were formulated. debated and developed.

Among the topics covered are Barthes's early semiology as applied to mass culture: the 'high-structuralist' period and the 'death of the author': discourse analysis; and Barthes's notion of pleasure and identity.

As more and more of Barthes's articles and essays become available to a wide public. this book wil1 be invaluable as a clear and critical guide for students and researchers in modern languages. literary theory, sociology and media and cultural studies.

Michael Moriarty is Lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge and Directer of Studies in Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College.

"A more recent work, which looks in rather more detail at Barthes's last decade of production (the 1970s), and raises a number of pertinent questions about Barthes's thoughts on politics, ideology, and culture, is the witty and incisive study Roland Barthes, by Michael Moriarty. These two books (bedoeld wordt Annette Lavers Roland Barthes uit 1982, frans) are probably the best attempts in English to grasp the complexities of Barthes's ideas, rethink and qualify them, and set them out in ways that make sense to the contemporary reader interested in deciding where Barthes stands within a certain tradition of literary theory and semiology." (Andrew Brown, 198





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