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“Barthes's work, along with that of Wilde and Valéry, gives being an aesthete a good name . . . Defending the senses, he never betrayed the mind.” ―SUSAN SONTAG
“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 her 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
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.
This is a literary masterpiece that must be read with caution. Definitely not for the faint of heart.Published 1 month ago by john riojas
Barthes " A Lover's Discourse" takes one on a journey of longing, the broken heart and what it means to love. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shea Johnson
I picked this up quite innocently at a bookshop, because the original title was obscured by a sales label. The only thing you could read was: LOVER’S DISCO. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susie Bright
Again, the cover and the content of the book were exactly what I was expecting in the mail. I appreciated this very much.Published 19 months ago by Jane Suh
Being familiar and having read Barthes extensively, I found this speculation — on a wonderful and inevitable topic — laborious and disciplined, but ultimately thin and lacking of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Oravla Olam
As mentioned in other reviews, this book is extraordinary difficult to read, but u may at the end found your soul just oscillated with the book(its a very strange feeling, a bit... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by alex