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Image Music Text [Paperback]

Roland Barthes
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New Ed edition (13 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006861350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006861355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Rumania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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'Image-Music-Text' brings together major essays by Roland Barthes on the structural analysis of narrative and on issues in literary theory, on the semiotics of photograph and film, on the practice of music and voice.

Throughout the volume runs a constant movement 'from work to text': an attention to the very ‘grain’ of signifying activity and the desire to follow – in literature, image, film, song and theatre – whatever turns, displaces, shifts, disperses.

Stephen Heath, whose translation has been described as “skilful and readable” (TLS) and “quite brilliant” (TES), is the author of 'Vertige du déplacement', a study of Barthes. His selection of essays, each important in its own right, also serves as “the best…introduction so far to Barthes’ career as the slayer of contemporary myths” (JOHN STURROCK, 'New Statesman).'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Theory heaven 7 Aug 2013
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If you're looking for solid theory on advertising, the media, photography, and literature then you've come to the right theorist. Roland Barthes work is approachable in a way that Derrida and Foucault just isn't - or maybe that's just me.
'Image, Music, Text' is a collection of Barthes essays covering everything from the photographic message, to the rhetoric of the image, and his famous essay the Death of the Author. If you need to write an academic essay or paper on pretty much any area of contemporary culture then this book is invaluable.
Now I'd better get back to writing my theoretic framework for my PhD....
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4.0 out of 5 stars text analysis 28 Mar 2013
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good essays, authoritative, quite technical and deals with linguistics comprehensively. Connecting image, music and text academically is what to expect here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 May 2013
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I bought this book for academic purposes and now will use it as a reference tool often for research.

Would recommend this to anyone working in qualitative research, especially narrative, photo-elicitation, film and images. a brilliant selection of essays, wouldn't expect anything less from Barthes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Author, Rhetoric of the Image, etc. 15 Aug 2003
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A note: these essays were not only translated, but also selected by Heath.

A series of essays about the composition of images (aural, textual, and visual). A good collection for people interested in his thoughts on cinema and structuralist treatment of visual form. I'm a long way from my university infatuation with semiotics, but I still find this thought-provoking to return to and an ongoing pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Image Music Text 13 Jun 2009
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This book is phenomenal. It analyzes aspects of human knowledge that one never thought possible. I recommend reading Foucault's "The Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language" first. It will set the basis for what Barthes just dives into. Awesome analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 21 May 2013
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Roland Barthes is a great writer, the various essays are concise, technical but without leaving the less technical reader lost. There is actually a lot to enjoy and I find as an artist Barthes insights inspire me to think about images in new ways while also giving insight into other arts like music and text. I would like to read more by Barthes in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essays and comments 30 Oct 2013
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Barthes manner of explanation is personal and didactic - he was dedicated to the essay form and I enjoy returning to each of them.
4.0 out of 5 stars classic 18 Aug 2013
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It's Barthes. What more can I say? "The Grain of the Voice" is an especially interesting essay. If you liked "Mythologies," you will probably like this too.
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