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Barthes, Roland

By: Eamonn Carrabine | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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One of the towering figures in modern literary and cultural theory, Roland Barthes is the most accessible of those French thinkers associated initially with structuralism and then later with poststructuralism, which transformed the intellectual landscape of the 20th century. His writings covered a staggering range of subjects but were always driven by the premise that something new could be said about the matter at hand. This is exemplified in his collection of essays in Mythologies (1957, 1993), which remains his most popular book. Unlike his contemporaries, who had also achieved a certain eminence and were often grouped together, Barthes was different from Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, who each pursued coherent, ongoing research strategies through a series of publications. Instead, Barthes was a ...

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