Roland Barthes, Mythologies [Mythologies]

Graham Allen (University College Cork)
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One of Roland Barthes's most widely read works,


, is a collection of short essays, written one per month between 1954 and 1956. Covering numerous aspects of French cultural life, the essays, with a few exceptions, were originally published in the journal

Les Lettres Nouvelles

. The essays have been translated into English by Annette Lavers (


, London: Jonathan Cape, 1972) and Richard Howard (

The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies

, New York: Hill and Wang, 1979). All of Barthes's essays, with the exception of “Astrologie”, have been translated in these two collections.

The Eiffel Tower

adds five other essays not originally included in the French edition: “The Two Salons”, “Dining Car”, “Cottage Industry”, “Buffet Finishes Off New York”, and the essay…

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Citation: Allen, Graham. "Mythologies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

10339 Mythologies 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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