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The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980) (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Paperback)) Paperback – December 20, 2010

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(I)ntriguingly eclectic. It is fascinating to see this formidable, malleable intellect applied to such a wide range of topics, and with more spontaneity than is evident in most of Barthes' publications. The Prague Post

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The Preparation of the Novel will generate some jouissance indeed.

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The reader is afforded a genuine look behind the enigmatic curtain of Barthes' writings; here the physical, spacial, vocal Roland Barthes is arrested - captured - for all to experience.

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Praise for Roland Barthes: "Roland Barthes repeatedly compared teaching to play, reading to eros, writing to seduction. His voice became more and more personal, more full of grain, as he called it; his intellectual art more openly a performance, like that of the other great anti-systematizers.... All of Barthes's work is an exploration of the histrionic or lucidic; in many ingenious modes, a plea for savor, for a festive (rather than dogmatic or credulous) relation to ideas. For Barthes, the point is to make us bold, agile, subtle, intelligent, detached. And to give pleasure."—Susan Sontag

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Product Details

  • Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231136153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231136150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book of lectures and footnotes is pure genius. Barthes understands completely-writing and what it means to be a writer embarking on the painful and joyful task of novel writing. A must read for writers.
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