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Roland Barthes


Roland Barthes, French Structuralist; cultural theorist; literary theorist; semiologist.


Barthes, Roland was born on November 12, 1915 in Cherbourg, France. Son of Louis and Henriette (Binger) Barthes.


Licencie es Lettres, Diplome d’Etudes Superieures Paris, Sorbonne.


Research, Paris 1952-1959. Director d’Etudes a l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, 1962, visiting professor Johns Hopkins, 1967.


  • Other Work

    • Mythologies (1957)

    • Système de la mode

    • L'Empire des signes

    • Sur Racine

    • S/Z

    • Le Plaisir du texte

    • Le Degré zéro de l'écriturel'ecriture

    • Eléments de Sémiologie

    • Essais critiques


1945. The experiences of an ‘ungraspablc beyond’ he describes have many parallels in mystical literature, though his methods of a simplified yoga without 'metaphysical excrescences’ or asceticism is his own. The works in which these experiences are described are deliberately not sequential expositions, but are designed to assist in disrupting the grip of reason. Bataille hoped to break the tyranny of words, the set forms of the intelligence, or previous styles. It is not surprising that he should have written a study of the Lascaux cave paintings. Here is pure genius, free creativity, without the burden of a 'heritage’ to be broken or undone.


  • Philosophers & Thinkers

    Saussure, Camus, Sartre and Marx.


Louis Barthes

Henriette (Binger) Barthes