Roland Barthes Retroactively: Reading the Collge de France Lectures: Paragraph Volume 31 Number 1 (Paragraph Special Issues EUP) (Volume 31, Issue 1)
- Publish Date: 2008-04-23
- Binding: Paperback
In January 1977 Roland Barthes became professor of literary semiology at the Collge de France, where he taught for three years until his death in March 1980. His lectures from those years, published more than two decades after his death, represent the final intellectual journey of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. In his late teaching, Barthes continuously challenged his previous work, seeking out new ways of reading and living. In his idiosyncratic style, he sketched the outlines of a critical and ethical project that is still thought- provoking and relevant today.Taking the Collge de France lectures as a starting point, leading specialists assess Barthes's legacy and the constituent fantasies that haunted his entire oeuvre. This volume reveals the untimely force of Barthes's thinking, whereby looking back often means discovering unexpected possibilities for contemporary literary and cultural studies.This is also published as a Special Issue of the journal Paragraph.