Roland Barthes: “The Pleasure of the Text”

ROLAND BARTHES (1915-1980)  PART FIVE The Pleasure of the Text (1973) In his 1997 history of Structuralism, History of Structuralism: Volume One: The Rising Sign, 1945-1966, François Dosse described Roland Barthes in a number of ways–“the Mother Figure of...

Roland Barthes: “The Death of the Author”

ROLAND BARTHES (1915-1980)  PART FOUR “The Death of the Author” (1968) “The Death of the Author,” written in 1967 and published in 1968, is a stance against the enclosure of Structuralism and the authority of formalism. While the essay by Roland...

Jacques Lacan: The Formation of the Subject

JACQUES LACAN (1901 – 1981) PART FIVE: THE FORMATION OF THE SUBJECT Anyone who has read the writings of Jacques Lacan came to the humbling realization that in any meaningful way s/he simply didn’t exist. Having gone through the boot camp of the Oedipal...

Jacques Lacan: Return to Freud

JACQUES LACAN (1901 – 1981) PART TWO: RETURN TO FREUD Being a transitional figure, bridging Modernism and Postmodernism, Jacques Lacan was a complex and hybrid philosopher whose work is convoluted and complicated. As a Modernist, he favored models and...

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