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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New Ed edition (13 Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006861350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006861355
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
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"The dominant perspective of the thirteen essays collected in "Image-Music-Text" is semiology. Barthes extends the 'empire of signs' over film and photography, music criticism . . . and writing and reading as historically situated activities. Several essays are frankly didactic. They review and expand the domain of a certain terminology: interpretive codes, narrational systems, functions and indices, denotation and connotation. Yet those impatient with special terms will not mind too much, for where else do they get, under the same cover, Beethoven and 'Goldfinger, ' the Bible and 'Double Bang a Bangkok'? . . . Barthes is technical without being heavy, and a professional without ceasing to be an amateur. His precise yet fluent prose treats personal insight and systematic concepts with equal courtesy."--Geoffrey Hartman, "The New York Times Book Review "


The dominant perspective of the thirteen essays collected in "Image-Music-Text" is semiology. Barthes extends the 'empire of signs' over film and photography, music criticism . . . and writing and reading as historically situated activities. Several essays are frankly didactic. They review and expand the domain of a certain terminology: interpretive codes, narrational systems, functions and indices, denotation and connotation. Yet those impatient with special terms will not mind too much, for where else do they get, under the same cover, Beethoven and 'Goldfinger, ' the Bible and 'Double Bang a Bangkok'? . . . Barthes is technical without being heavy, and a professional without ceasing to be an amateur. His precise yet fluent prose treats personal insight and systematic concepts with equal courtesy. "Geoffrey Hartman, The New York Times Book Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ESSAYS SELECTED AND TRANSLATED BY STEPHEN HEATH

'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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Essential book for my study. Great collection of essays.
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Terry Eagleton describes it as neologistic (Barthes' style); I would add parenthetical(if you see what I mean) but once you come to terms with the idiosyncracies of style it reads quite smoothly - a good job by Stephen Heath. Some of the reasoning can be difficult/obscure but you do feel his hearts in the right place (left, that is, of centre).
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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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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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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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Item arrived on time and as described. Thanks.
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Classic Barthes semiology.
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