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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang; 2nd ed. edition (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809071940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809071944
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"Teacher, man of letters, moralist, philosopher of culture, connoisseur of strong ideas, protean autobiographer . . . of all the intellectual notables who have emerged since World War II in France, Roland Barthes is the one whose work I am most certain will endure." --Susan Sontag

"My claim is to live to the full contradiction of my time." --Roland Barthes, preface to the 1957 edition

"Teacher, man of letters, moralist, philosopher of culture, connoisseur of strong ideas, protean autobiographer . . . of all the intellectual notables who have emerged since World War II in France, Roland Barthes is the one whose work I am most certain will endure." --Susan Sontag

"Teacher, man of letters, moralist, philospher of culture, connoisseur of strong ideas, protean autobiographer . . . of all the intellectual notables who have emerged since World War II in France, Roland Barthes is the one whose work I am most certain will endure" --Susan Sontag "One of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available serveral steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts --and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human" --Peter Brooks "With so much new material now included, this volume is not an unabridged reissue so much as a celebration anew." --Publishers Weekly

"Barthes was one of the major French critics of the 20th century, and this fuller translation will be of interest to English-speaking students of French and comparative literature as well as to cultural anthropologists." --Library Journal

"As this new translation and expansion of a seminal work by the French semiotician and philosopher demonstrates, Barthes remains ahead of his time, and our time, more than 30 years after his death.... It's remarkable that essays written more than a half-century ago, on another continent, should seem not merely pertinent but prescient in regard to the course of contemporary American culture." --Kirkus Reviews

Teacher, man of letters, moralist, philospher of culture, connoisseur of strong ideas, protean autobiographer . . . of all the intellectual notables who have emerged since World War II in France, Roland Barthes is the one whose work I am most certain will endure "Susan Sontag"

One of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available serveral steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts --and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human "Peter Brooks"

With so much new material now included, this volume is not an unabridged reissue so much as a celebration anew. "Publishers Weekly"

Barthes was one of the major French critics of the 20th century, and this fuller translation will be of interest to English-speaking students of French and comparative literature as well as to cultural anthropologists. "Library Journal"

As this new translation and expansion of a seminal work by the French semiotician and philosopher demonstrates, Barthes remains ahead of his time, and our time, more than 30 years after his death.... It's remarkable that essays written more than a half-century ago, on another continent, should seem not merely pertinent but prescient in regard to the course of contemporary American culture. "Kirkus Reviews""

"Teacher, man of letters, moralist, philospher of culture, connoisseur of strong ideas, protean autobiographer . . . of all the intellectual notables who have emerged since World War II in France, Roland Barthes is the one whose work I am most certain will endure" --Susan Sontag

"One of the great public teachers of our time, someone who thought out, argued for, and made available serveral steps in a penetrating reflection on language sign systems, texts --and what they have to tell us about the concept of being human" --Peter Brooks

"With so much new material now included, this volume is not an unabridged reissue so much as a celebration anew." --Publishers Weekly

"Barthes was one of the major French critics of the 20th century, and this fuller translation will be of interest to English-speaking students of French and comparative literature as well as to cultural anthropologists." --Library Journal

"As this new translation and expansion of a seminal work by the French semiotician and philosopher demonstrates, Barthes remains ahead of his time, and our time, more than 30 years after his death.... It's remarkable that essays written more than a half-century ago, on another continent, should seem not merely pertinent but prescient in regard to the course of contemporary American culture." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Roland Barthes was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of various schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.


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Roland Barthes was one of the leading French intellectuals of the mid 20th Century. In the 1950s he wrote one short essay a month on mythology in contemporary life. Barthes completed a total of 54 of these works, however when a collection was published in English as ‘Mythologies’ only about 30 were present. The remaining essays can be found in ‘The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies’. Alternatively a complete set of essays is also available in ‘Mythologies: The Complete Edition in a New Translation’.

The author writes about many, varied subjects including wrestling, the Romans in films, steak and chips and striptease. His analysis of the semiology of these topics is often revealing and occasionally amusing. Despite his prose style being rather idiosyncratic and academic, in many instances the essays are still quite appealing to a general reader.

A longer essay, ‘Myth Today’, which describes his approach to signs and their meaning, completes this volume but it is much more academic. In it he uses the ideas of semiology developed by Ferdinand de Saussure which described the connections between an object (the signified) and its representation in language (the signifier) and how the two are connected. Within this framework Barthes shows that his concept of a myth is based on creating a further sign to which something has been added.
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I read this book purely because of his ideas based on Saussure.
Saussure's contribution was to describe a sign as a [signifiant/signifie] doublet
Barthes realised that the process could be iterated - a sign ( that is a doublet ) could be a signifiant itself and then put himself to wonder describe what the corresponding signfie was - he comes up with a 'myth'
Clearly anyone interested in computablity/math and linguistics should read this book
What Barthes does NOTdo is then say that a myth could be a signfiant in a doublet - that is to iterate it a second time - and wonder what the result is. The reader can - the ideas are treated in Tom Koch, Cartographies of Disease
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helpful for my animation studies. It provided a foundation in terms of Barthe what a myth is and how they evolve over time. I found this particularity interesting but for the avid reader i wouldn't say this is a quick read. People who like philosophy and have an interest in works of Plato and Hume should spark some interest!
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Roland Barthes is a key figure in international intellectual life. He is one of the most important intellectual figures to have emerged in postwar France and his writings continue to have an influence on critical debates today

Mythologies is a text which contains short journalistic articles on a variety of subjects that focus on various manifestations of mass culture, la culture de masse: films, advertizing, newspapers and magazines, photographs, cars, children's toys, popular pastimes and so on.

I'd recommend this to anyone who is studing Media, or Photography as am I. The text is highly informative.
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This book is an edition of Jonathan Cape's 1972 translation from Roland Barthes's book originally published in 1957.

The body of the book is short bites of stimulating thoughts - usually around 3-4 pages - about popular culture items such as 'novels and children', 'toys', 'wine and milk', 'striptease', etc.

The volume ends on a 50-page development on the nature of myths, discussed in terms of semiology, which is most interesting.

One should keep in mind that this book is a selected translation, and not integral.
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Bought for my university course, a fantastic book with barthes most famous essays included.

although I have been using the essays online I preferred my own version where I could write in the margins etc. I found I had a great interest in the essays and began a more in-depth study of them through this book.

Book was as described and in perfect condition
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Great edition and lovely individual essays inside. The book also studies myths as semiotic structures and the best essay inside it is the "Myth Today" one by far.
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Ideal for my English Literature studies at Master level.
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