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Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan Culler

February 2002

ISBN: 9780192801593

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Roland Barthes was the leading figure of French Structuralism, the theoretical movement of the 1960s which revolutionized the study of literature and culture, as well as history and psychoanalysis. But Barthes was a man who disliked orthodoxies. His shifting positions and theoretical interests make him hard to grasp and assess. This book surveys Barthes' work in clear, accessible prose, highlighting what is most interesting and important in his work today.

  • Widely recognized as the best short book on Barthes' work and influence
  • Barthes is the most 'reader-friendly' of the great French theorists of the twentieth century, and thus among the most popular.
  • Jonathan Culler is highly respected and widely published in his field, and also regarded as one of the clearest writers on literary theory

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Culler, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Man of parts
    2:Literary Historian
    3:Mythologist
    4:Critic
    5:Polemicist
    6:Semiologist
    7:Structuralist
    8:Hedonist
    9:Writer
    10:Man of Letters
    11:Barthes after Barthes
    Bibliography

Reviews

Review from other book by this author It is impossible to imagine a clearer treatment of the subject, or one that is, within the given limits of length, more comprehensive. Culler has always been remarkable for his expository skills, and here he has found exactly the right method and tone for his purposes. - Sir Frank Kermode