Mythologies (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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"Barthes is an intellectual star, one of the very small group of maîtres à penser, such as Sartre, Levi-Strauss and Foucault... I readily proclaim that Mythologies is a kind of masterpiece, a fascinating book, the meaning of which sticks in the mind and can lend itself to all sorts of applications" (Observer)
"Essays on the codings that command our daily life (from hair-styles in the film of Julius Caesar through glossy photos of gourmet cooking, to the cult of foam in detergents)...Mythologies has penetrating gusto" (Christopher Ricks Sunday Times)
"Semiology is the study of the signs and signals, the symbols, gestures and messages through which western society sustains, sells, identifies and yet obscures itself by painting or powdering over its raddled, whore-like visage... Barthes' purpose is to tear away masks and demystify the signs, signals and symbols of the language of mass culture" (Dennis Potter The Times)
"All about the most ordinary things. He knew how to connect Racine and beach holidays, Freud and the anticipation of a lover's phone call. Like so many modern artists, he saw the deeper themes running through supposedly banal things." (Alain de Botton Daily Express)
About the Author
Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania 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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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.
The printing of this book is abysmal, every 5 or so pages there is a column or text that hasn’t been printed properly and assumptions have to be made in what the text says. Don’t buy from this seller with this quality control, I would have returned the book if I didn’t need it for school immediately
A classic that is very deserving of its status in the pantheon of giants.
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