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    The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College De France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980) (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Roland Barthes, Translated by Kate Briggs

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    DescriptionCompleted just weeks before his death, the lectures in this volume mark a critical juncture in the career of Roland Barthes, in which he declared the intention, deeply felt, to write a novel. Unfolding over the course of two years, Barthes engaged in a unique pedagogical experiment: he combined teaching and writing to "simulate" the trial of novel-writing, exploring every step of the creative process along the way. Barthes's lectures move from the desire to write to the actual decision making, planning, and material act of producing a novel. He meets the difficulty of transitioning from short, concise notations (exemplified by his favorite literary form, haiku) to longer, uninterrupted flows of narrative, and he encounters a number of setbacks. Barthes takes solace in a diverse group of writers, including Dante, whose La Vita Nuova was similarly inspired by the death of a loved one, and he turns to classical philosophy, Taoism, and the works of Francois-Rene Chateaubriand, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust. This book uniquely includes eight elliptical plans for Barthes's unwritten novel, which he titled Vita Nova, and lecture notes that sketch the critic's views on photography. Following on The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978) and a third forthcoming collection of Barthes lectures, this volume provides an intensely personal account of the labor and love of writing.

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    The Preparation of the Novel
    Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College De France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roland Barthes, Translated by Kate Briggs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 175 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9780231136150
    ISBN 10: 0231136153

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    BISAC V2.8: LAN005000, LIT004150
    LC classification: PN3365 .B3213 2011
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    Columbia University Press
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    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    01 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was one of the most influential critics and philosophers of the twentieth century. His works include The Neutral, Mythologies, S/Z, A Lover's Discourse, and Camera Lucida.
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    (I)ntriguingly eclectic. It is fascinating to see this formidable, malleable intellect applied to such a wide range of topics, and with more spontaneity than is evident in most of Barthes' publications. The Prague Post The Prague Post Jan. 19-25, 2011 The Preparation of the Novel will generate some jouissance indeed. -- Spencer Dew Rain Taxi Spring 2011 The reader is afforded a genuine look behind the enigmatic curtain of Barthes' writings; here the physical, spacial, vocal Roland Barthes is arrested - captured - for all to experience. -- Nicholas P. Greco, Providence University College, Otterburne Philosophy In Review Vol 33, No 3