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: 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...

Beginning Postmodernism: Forming the Theory

POSTMODERNISM Coining the Term “Postmodernism” was a term coined by Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) early in the century to refer to the last quarter of the 19th century, a time where capitalism and imperialism and Western civilization in general began to...

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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