Roland Barthes: Writing Degree Zero

ROLAND BARTHES (1914 – 1980)  PART ONE Writing Degree Zero (1953) One of the most interesting facts of the life of Roland Barthes was that he was struck by a laundry van and, after lingering for a month, died of his injuries. “The Painter of Modern...

Jean-Paul Sartre and Existentialism

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905-1980) EXISTENTIALISM “Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being – like a worm.” Existentialism set the tone for Postmodern thinking by being negative: it is defined in terms of what it is not and discards previous systems rooted in the...

Jacques Lacan: Historical Context

JACQUES-MARIE ÉMILE LACAN (1901 – 1981) PART ONE: HISTORICAL CONTEXT Among the most important philosophers of the post-war period was Jacques Lacan who lectured to a number of future Postmodern thinkers, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva,...

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