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Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Jonathan Culler

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 174mm x 10mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192801597
  • ISBN 13: 9780192801593
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: 13 halftones and 5 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 116,764

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This acclaimed short study, originally published in 1983, and now thoroughly updated, elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the 'incomparable enlivener of the literary mind' whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world intelligible. He has a multi-faceted claim to fame: to some he is the structuralist who outlined a 'science of literature', and the most prominent promoter of semiology; to others he stands not for science but pleasure, espousing a theory of literature which gives the reader a creative role. This book describes the many projects, which Barthes explored and which helped to change the way we think about a range of cultural phenomena - from literature, fashion, wrestling, and advertising to notions of the self, of history, and of nature. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Jonathan Culler is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and a leading figure in the world of literary theory. Praised by Frank Kermode for his 'remarkable expository skills', his publications include seminal works on deconstruction and semiology as well as studies of individual authors. HisVSI Literary Theory is the series bestseller with sales of 40,000 copies to date.

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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

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