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Roland Barthes Retroactively: Reading the Collège de France Lectures

Paragraph Volume 31 Number 1

Edited by Jürgen Pieters, Kris Pint


In January 1977 Roland Barthes became professor of literary semiology at the Collège 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.

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Introduction, Jürgen Pieters And Kris Pint
Atonality and Tonality: Musical Analogies in Roland Barthes's Lectures at the Collège de France, Lucy O'meara
'The Paideia of the Greeks': On the Methodology of Roland Barthes's Comment vivre ensemble, Maarten De Pourcq
How to Become What One Is: Roland Barthes's Final Fantasy, Kris Pint
'Except When Night Falls': Together and Alone in Barthes's Comment vivre ensemble, Diana Knight
Suspending Events, Loving the Margin: Solitude According to Barthes, Sabine Hillen
Barthes without Althusser: A Different Style of Marxism, Jean-Jacques Lecercle
The 'Inkredible' Roland Barthes, Neil Badmington
'Préparation du romanesque' in Roland Barthes's Reading of Sarrasine, Andy Stafford
Preparing the Novel: Spiraling Back, Jonathan Culler
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Jürgen Pieters teaches literary theory and cultural history at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is the author of Moments of Negotiation. The New Historicism of Stephen Greenblatt (Amsterdam University Press, 2001).

Kris Pint is Lecturer in Cultural and Literary Theory at the Department ofArchitecture and Fine Arts of the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg,Belgium.

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