DescriptionThis book provides a lively introduction to the work of Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth century's most important literary and cultural theorists. The book covers all aspects of Barthes's writings including his work on literary theory, mass communications, the theatre and politics. Moriarty argues that Barthes's writing must not be seen as an unchanging body of thought, and that we should study his ideas in the contexts within which they were formulated, debated and developed.
A Note on References x
Part I Sign and Ideology 15
1 Myths 19
2 Writing and Responsibility 31
3 Barthes on Theatre 44
Part II The Structuralist Activity 53
4 Literary Structuralism I: The Ethnography of Tragedy 59
5 'A Little Scientific Delirium': Barthes as Semiologist 73
6 Literary Structuralism II: Narrative Analysis 91
Part III Beyond the Sign 103
7 The Post-Structural Analysis of Narrative 117
8 Text and its Pleasures 143
Part IV Late Barthes 155
9 Affirming the Imaginary 169
10 The Body 186
11 Image and Real 195
Biographical Appendix 209
Ann Jefferson, New College, Oxford
'A lucid and detailed account of the range of Barthes's work.'
'Michael Moriarty's study is, I believe, excellent news for the undergraduate interested in Barthes. Though not specifically on literary theory, it will prove to be a comprehensive account of Barthes' importance to this discipline.' Modern and Contemporary France
* This is a brilliant and comprehensive study providing an invaluable introduction to Barthes's work.
* The book will appeal both to the uninitiated reader and to those already working in the field.
* This is the latest book in the highly successful Key Contemporary Thinkers series.