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French literary theorist Roland Barthes' philosophical treatise on love is a study not only of Eros, but also of desire, jealousy, and the linguistics of love. Presented in fragments written from the perspective of a fictionalized unrequited lover, this is a fantastic read for any curious intellect.
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A Lovers Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethes Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lovers Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.

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

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A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover’s Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.

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A Lovers Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethes Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lovers Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.

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

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reader228, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by reader228)
Barthes is outrageous, insightful, and exhilarating. This is a book not just for the lover, but also the lover of language. Whether or not you're in love or just interested in language, read this book, but don't expect to understand it fully for the language is to be seen, recognized and then reconciled.
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ISBN:
9780374532314
Author:
Barthes, Roland
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Translator:
Howard, Richard
Foreword by:
Koestenbaum, Wayne
Foreword:
Koestenbaum, Wayne
Author:
Koestenbaum, Wayne
Author:
Howard, Richard
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General
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Literature-A to Z
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
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Language:
English
Pages:
256
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8.25 x 5.50 in

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French literary theorist Roland Barthes' philosophical treatise on love is a study not only of Eros, but also of desire, jealousy, and the linguistics of love. Presented in fragments written from the perspective of a fictionalized unrequited lover, this is a fantastic read for any curious intellect.

"Synopsis" by , A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover’s Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.
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A Lovers Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethes Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lovers Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.

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