Roland Barthes: A Biography Laouis-Hean Calvet

ISBN: 9780745610177

Published: January 1st 1995

Hardcover

312 pages


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Roland Barthes: A Biography  by  Laouis-Hean Calvet

Roland Barthes: A Biography by Laouis-Hean Calvet
January 1st 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 312 pages | ISBN: 9780745610177 | 10.75 Mb

This is the first biography of Roland Barthes - one of the most important European intellectuals of the postwar years. In a lively and engaging account of Barthess life and work, Calvet follows the brilliant semiotician from his provincial originsMoreThis is the first biography of Roland Barthes - one of the most important European intellectuals of the postwar years. In a lively and engaging account of Barthess life and work, Calvet follows the brilliant semiotician from his provincial origins to his sudden death in 1980. He describes Barthess move to Paris as a child, where he lived with his mother in modest surroundings and constant hardship.

He argues that the experience of having his academic prospects ruined by his illness at an early age remained a thorn in Barthess flesh: until the end of his life his relationship with the academic world was never free of bitterness, even resentment.

Calvet retraces his years in Paris, Bucharest and Alexandria after the war. During this period Barthes gained access to intellectual circles and experienced his decisive encounter with modern linguistics, particularly with semiotics, which he helped to establish as a discipline through his work on everyday myths, fashion, and literature. Calvet discusses the whole range of Barthess work as a critic and literary theorist, and demonstrates his tremendous importance and influence in the second half of the twentieth century.

Thoughtful and sensitive, this book provides a detailed portrait of Barthess life, and a vivid reconstruction of the intellectual culture of postwar France. It will be welcomed by student sand researchers in literature, cultural studies, French Studies, and by anyone interested in the life and work of Roland Barthes.



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