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A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

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This is a book best read immediately after the end of an intimate relationship. Devoid of sentimentality, it is a meditation of a lover when alone. Written in fragments, the overriding theme is that the lover, I, never absolutely, truly sees the beloved, You. The lover only has language, which is ultimately inadequate, to express the longing s/he feels for the beloved, who is but a figment, a fabrication of the I.
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Publisher Comments:

"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This languageprimarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partneris unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest."Jonathan Culler

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This languageprimarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partneris unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest."Jonathan Culler

Synopsis:

Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language--primarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partner--is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest.--Jonathan Culler

Synopsis:

"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language—primarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partner—is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest."—Jonathan Culler

About the Author

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374521615
Subtitle:
Fragments
Translator:
Howard, Richard, IV
Translator:
Howard, Richard, IV
Translator:
Howard, Richard
Author:
Barthes, Roland
Author:
Howard, Richard
Publisher:
Hill and Wang
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
French language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Inspirational - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19790601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

Related Subjects

Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Literary and Cultural Studies
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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374521615 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is a book best read immediately after the end of an intimate relationship. Devoid of sentimentality, it is a meditation of a lover when alone. Written in fragments, the overriding theme is that the lover, I, never absolutely, truly sees the beloved, You. The lover only has language, which is ultimately inadequate, to express the longing s/he feels for the beloved, who is but a figment, a fabrication of the I.

"Synopsis" by , Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language--primarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partner--is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest.--Jonathan Culler

"Synopsis" by ,
"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language—primarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with his or her partner—is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest."—Jonathan Culler

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