This book provides a lively introduction to the work of Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth century's most important literary and cultural theorists. The book covers all aspects of Barthes's writings including his work on literary theory, mass communications, the theatre and politics. Moriarty argues that Barthes's writing must not be seen as an unchanging body of thought, and that we should study his ideas in the contexts within which they were formulated, debated and developed.
- Electronic book text
- 23 Jan 2014
- John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Polity Press
- United Kingdom
Table of contents
Preface ix A Note on References x Abbreviations xii Introduction 1 Part I Sign and Ideology 15 1 Myths 19 2 Writing and Responsibility 31 3 Barthes on Theatre 44 Part II The Structuralist Activity 53 4 Literary Structuralism I: The Ethnography of Tragedy 59 5 'A Little Scientific Delirium': Barthes as Semiologist 73 6 Literary Structuralism II: Narrative Analysis 91 Part III Beyond the Sign 103 7 The Post-Structural Analysis of Narrative 117 8 Text and its Pleasures 143 Part IV Late Barthes 155 9 Affirming the Imaginary 169 10 The Body 186 11 Image and Real 195 Biographical Appendix 209 Notes 211 Bibliography 241 Index 249
'Moriarty's considerable achievement in this book is to provide a sustained focus on the forms and functions of the politics of Barthes's writing ... Moriarty's account will guide and illuminate the readings of newcomers to his work as well as enhancing and enriching the rereadings of those who already know Barthes.' Ann Jefferson, New College, Oxford 'A lucid and detailed account of the range of Barthes's work.' French Studies 'Michael Moriarty's study is, I believe, excellent news for the undergraduate interested in Barthes. Though not specifically on literary theory, it will prove to be a comprehensive account of Barthes' importance to this discipline.' Modern and Contemporary France
About Michael Moriarty
Michael Moriarty is also the author of Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France, (Cambridge University Press, 1988).