Roland Barthes' Cinema
Philip Watts, Edited by Dudley Andrew, Yves Citton, Vincent Debaene, and Sam Di Iorio
Reviews and Awards
"this is a rich and nuanced intervention which changes how we see Roland Barthes and film." - Neil Badmington, Times Literary Supplement
"Philip Watts' probing of Barthes' advance-retreat relationship to the movies is wise, sensitive and stimulating-in fact, brilliant. Even rarer is the warmth, clarity and goodwill he expresses toward the often antagonistic figures who championed French theory. The addition of several previously unavailable pieces by Barthes makes this an irresistible volume." - Philip Lopate, author of To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
"Philip Watts' ground breaking work on Roland Barthes and cinema is a gift to film studies, to literary studies, and to theory. No other critic could match Watts in combining close textual analysis with historical insight. His encounter with Barthes' resistance to cinema shows a deep and refined critical vision, leavened by wit that Barthes would have appreciated." - Alice Kaplan, author of Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
"Watts saw another Barthes besides the semiologist, the structuralist, the demystifier and the Brechtian Barthes, a Barthes who had always been in love with the image and with a particular aesthetics of daily life...." - Jacques Rancière
"[A] thoughtful book Watts approach uncovers unexpected riches in what have seemed to be minor moments in Barthes work. The book has chapters on film and myth, on film and perception, on Barthes and Bazin, on film and utopian politics, on film theory, on melodrama Roland Barthes Cinema also includes new translations (by Deborah Glassman) of nine of Barthes less well-known articles on film. s"