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The Responsibility of Forms: Critical Essays on Music, Art, and Representation Paperback – February 7, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0520072381 ISBN-10: 0520072383 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (February 7, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520072383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520072381
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The essays included in The Responsibility of Forms, written mainly during the 1970s, swoop repetitively on those stray material fragments which elude the embrace of the sign, those gestures or nuances which even the most elaborate semiology must fail to formalize. It is a move from text to texture from 'gloss' as annotation to 'gloss' as material sheen. Like Freud before him, the later Barthes seeks to install himself at the very juncture of sign and body, semiotic and somatic, meaning and materiality." -- Terry Eagleton, Times Literary Supplement

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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