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Is there any such thing as revolutionary literature? Can literature, in fact, be political at all? These are the questions Roland Barthes addresses in Writing Degree Zero, his first published book and a landmark in his oeuvre. The debate had engaged the European literary community since the 1930s; with this fierce manifesto, Barthes challenged the notion of literatures obligation to be socially committed. Yes, Barthes allows, the writer has a political and ethical responsibility. But the history of French literature shows that the writer has often failed to meet it—and from Barthess perspective, literature is committed to little more than the myth of itself. Expert and uncompromising, Writing Degree Zero introduced the themes that would soon establish Barthes as one of the leading voices in literary criticism.

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A manifesto on literature, Writing Degree Zero is Roland Barthess first published book and a landmark in his oeuvre. With striking expertise, Barthes surveys the successive trends in the history of French literature to determine, as only few had attempted before, the political and ethical responsibility of the writer. Writing Degree Zero established the young literary genius and ardent critic of bourgeois culture as the leading voice in literary theory.

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Roland Barthes was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of various schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374532352
Author:
Barthes, Roland
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Author:
Thirlwell, Adam
Author:
Lavers, Annette
Author:
Smith, Colin
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
European - French
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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A manifesto on literature, Writing Degree Zero is Roland Barthess first published book and a landmark in his oeuvre. With striking expertise, Barthes surveys the successive trends in the history of French literature to determine, as only few had attempted before, the political and ethical responsibility of the writer. Writing Degree Zero established the young literary genius and ardent critic of bourgeois culture as the leading voice in literary theory.

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