Postmodernism and the Meaning of Art

RE-DEFINING  ART AS TEXT in the POSTMODERN ERA Postmodernism promises endless creative play in contrast to Modernism, which, according to Roland Barthes (1916-1980), was a fraudulent attempt to find the universal in every solution. For Barthes, Structuralism, or the...

Postmodernism and Heteroglossia, Part One

THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN PART ONE Texts and Textuality The phenomenon that would be known by the 1980s as Postmodern theory or “theory” consisted of servings of a French Potée from the 1950s and 1960s, full of different ingredients, a stew of linguistic...

Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish

MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926 – 1986) PART FIVE Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison (1975) The opening pages of Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault were one of the best representations of his long term project of making history or the past...

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...
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