What is astrology? Fiction for the bourgeoisie. The Tour de France? An epic. The brain of Einstein? Knowledge reduced to a formula. Like iconic images of movie stars or the rhetoric of politicians, they are fabricated. Once isolated from the events that gave birth to them, these "mythologies" appear for what they are: the ideology of mass culture.
When Roland Barthes's groundbreaking "Mythologies "first appeared in English in 1972, it was immediately recognized as one of the most significant works in French theory--yet nearly half of the essays from the original work were missing. This new edition of "Mythologies "is the first complete, authoritative English version of the French classic. It includes the brilliant "Astrology," never published in English before.
"Mythologies "is a lesson in clairvoyance. In a new century where the virtual dominates social interactions and advertisement defines popular culture, it is more relevant than ever.
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The first part of Mythologies is a collection of short individual pieces written by Barthes on the semiology - the underlying symbolism and meaning, of a selection of commonplace phenenomena of ... Read full review
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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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