Roland Barthes, Critique et verité [Criticism and Truth]

Graham Allen (University College Cork)
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Critique et verité

, translated into English as

Criticism and Truth

(trans. Katrine Pilcher Keuneman, intro. Philip Thody, London: The Athlone Press, 1987), is Barthes's response to Raymond Picard's

Nouvelle critique ou nouvelle imposture

(Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1965). Picard's text, translated as

New Criticism or New Fraud?

(trans. Frank Towne, Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1969), is a critique of Barthes's

Sur Racine

(Paris: Seuil, 1963) and

Essais critiques

(Paris: Seuil, 1964). The critical dispute between Barthes and Picard, which attracted responses from many other academics and commentators, drew attention to Barthes outside of France. Certainly, the “Quarrel” or “the Picard Affair”, as it has been called occurred at a time just before Barthes became…

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

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