Roland Barthes

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  • Graham Allen (University College Cork)

Roland Barthes was born in Cherbourg, France on November 12, 1915, the son of Henriette (neé Binger) and Louis Barthes. Barthes's father was a naval officer and he died in action a month before his son's first birthday. Barthes's childhood was spent in Bayonne in the south-west of France near the border with Spain, here he lived with his mother, his paternal grandmother, Berthe Barthes, and his aunt Alice, a piano teacher who helped instil in Barthes his lifelong interest in music. In 1924 Barthes and his mother moved to Paris:, although Barthes continued throughout his life to consider Bayonne as his true home and Paris as somewhere in which it was necessary to pursue a career. Barthes's promising academic career was interrupted from 1…

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Allen, Graham. "Roland Barthes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]

Articles on Barthes' works

  1. Critique et verité [Criticism and Truth]
  2. La Chambre claire: note sur la photographie [Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography]
  3. La Mort de l'auteur [The Death of the Author]
  4. Le Degré zéro de l'écriture [Writing Degree Zero]
  5. Le Plaisir du texte [The Pleasure of the Text]
  6. Mythologies [Mythologies]
  7. S/Z
  8. Système de la mode [The Fashion System]

Related Groups

  1. Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
  2. Structuralism