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Travels in China - a book by Barthes, Roland

Travels in China

Travels in China( )
Author: Barthes, Roland
ISBN:978-0-7456-5081-4
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:Polity Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $14.95
Book Description:

In 1974 Roland Barthes travelled in China as part of a small delegation of distinguished French philosophers and literary figures. They arrived in China just as the last stage of the Cultural Revolution was getting underway - the campaign to criticize Lin Biao and Confucius.

Book Details
Pages:240
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Semiotics & Theory
Travel / Asia / China
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.343 x 8.385 x 7.32 Inches
Book Weight:0.7 Pounds
Author Biography
Barthes, Roland (Author)
Roland Barthes (1915-1980), a French critic and intellectual, was a seminal figure in late twentieth-century literary criticism. Barthes's primary theory is that language is not simply words, but a series of indicators of a given society's assumptions. He derived his critical method from structuralism, which studies the rules behind language, and semiotics, which analyzes culture through signs and holds that meaning results from social conventions. Barthes believed that such techniques permit the reader to participate in the work of art under study, rather than merely react to it.

Barthes's first books, Writing Degree Zero (1953), and Mythologies (1957), introduced his ideas to a European audience. During the 1960s his work began to appear in the United States in translation and became a strong influence on a generation of American literary critics and theorists.

Other important works by Barthes are Elements of Semiology (1968), Critical Essays (1972), The Pleasure of the Text (1973), and The Empire of Signs (1982). The Barthes Reader (1983), edited by Susan Sontag, contains a wide selection of the critic's work in English translation.

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