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    Mythologies (Paperback) By (author) Roland Barthes, Translated by Annette Lavers

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    DescriptionIn this magnificent and often surprising collection of essays, Barthes explores the myths of mass culture. Taking subjects as diverse as wrestling, films, plastic and cars, Barthes elegantly deciphers the symbols and signs embedded deep in familiar aspects of modern life, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly affect our thought and behaviour. This early classic of semiotics from one of France's greatest thinkers may irrevocably change the way you view the world around you.


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    Title
    Mythologies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roland Barthes, Translated by Annette Lavers
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 155 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099529750
    ISBN 10: 0099529750
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: HPK, CFG
    DC22: 121.68
    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000, LCO010000
    Thema V1.0: CFG, QDTK
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Vintage Classics
    Publication date
    04 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literarture and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.
    Review quote
    "Barthes is an intellectual star, one of the very small group of maitres a penser, such as Sartre, Levi-Strauss and Foucault... I readily proclaim that Mythologies is a kind of masterpiece, a fascinating book, the meaning of which sticks in the mind and can lend itself to all sorts of applications" Observer "Essays on the codings that command our daily life (from hair-styles in the film of Julius Caesar through glossy photos of gourmet cooking, to the cult of foam in detergents)...Mythologies has penetrating gusto" -- Christopher Ricks Sunday Times "Semiology is the study of the signs and signals, the symbols, gestures and messages through which western society sustains, sells, identifies and yet obscures itself by painting or powdering over its raddled, whore-like visage... Barthes' purpose is to tear away masks and demystify the signs, signals and symbols of the language of mass culture" -- Dennis Potter The Times "All about the most ordinary things. He knew how to connect Racine and beach holidays, Freud and the anticipation of a lover's phone call. Like so many modern artists, he saw the deeper themes running through supposedly banal things." -- Alain de Botton Daily Express