Mythologies: The Complete Edition, in a New Translation

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Macmillan, 1972 - Literary Collections - 158 pages
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"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . For Barthes, words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time, since they are signs, words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer, as if what they say is eternal, true, necessary, instead of arbitrary, made, contingent. Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible, for example, for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for, be the myth of, 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages.' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object, making the object speak its hidden, but ever-so-present, reservoir of manufactured sense."--Edward W. Said

 

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User Review  - TiffanyAK - LibraryThing

This is definitely not a book to casually pick up and read for fun. I read it as part of an independent study project myself. Barthes is extremely brilliant and deep, but not always as approachable as ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings ... Read full review

Contents

translators note
7
The Romans in Films
26
The Poor and the Proletariat
39
Toys
53
The Brain of Einstein
68
NeitherNor Criticism
81
The Lost Continent
94
The Great Family of Man
100
Myth is a type of speechMyth as a semiological system
117
Reading and deciphering mythMyth as stolen language
137
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About the author (1972)

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.

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