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