This book brings together the great majority of Barthes’s interviews that originally appeared in French in Le Figaro Littéraire, Cahiers du Cinéma, France-Observateur, L'Express, and elsewhere. Barthes replied to questions—on the cinema, on his own works, on fashion, writing, and criticism—in his unique voice; here we have Barthes in conversation, speaking directly, with all his individuality. These interviews provide an insight into the rich, probing intelligence of one of the great and influential minds of our time.
From Speech to Writing Do Things Mean Something? On Film I Don't Believe in Influences Semiology and Cinema On Behalf of the "New Criticism," Roland Barthes Replies to Raymond Picard On The Fashion System and the Structural Analysis of Narratives The Fashion System Conversation on a Scientific Poem On S/Z and Empire of Signs L'Express Talks with Roland Barthes Roland Barthes on Criticism Digressions Interview: A Conversation with Roland Barthes The Fatality of Culture, the Limits of Counterculture Pleasure / Writing / Reading The Adjective Is the "Statement" of Desire An Almost Obsessive Relation to Writing Instruments The Phantoms of the Opera Roland Barthes versus Received Ideas What Would Become of a Society that Ceased to Reflect upon Itself? The Play of the Kaleidoscope Twenty Key Words for Roland Barthes Literature / Teaching The Surrealists Overlooked the Body The Crisis of Truth A Great Rhetorician of Erotic Figures Of What use Is an Intellectual? A Lover's Discourse The Greatest Cryptographer of Contemporary Myths Talks about Love On the Subject of Violence A Few Words to Let in Doubt An Extremely Brutal Context Roland Barthes on Roland Barthes Dare to Be Lazy For a Chateaubriand of Paper From Taste to Ecstasy On Photography The Crisis of Desire Bibliography
Roland Barthes (1915–1980) was born in Normandy, raised in Paris, and was educated at the Sorbonne and Centre national de la recherche scientifique. His first book, Mythologies, about myths in popular culture, was published in 1957. He was a central figure in schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. His works include S/Z, Camera Lucida, and the essay "The Death of the Author." Northwestern University Press is reissuing Barthes’s New Critical Essays this season as well.
Linda Coverdale is an award=winning translator of more than fifty books. In 2001, the French government awarder her the title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
"Perhaps the best introduction to date on Barthes and his work."—Scott Montgomery, Bloomsbury Review
"As a first introduction to the work of Roland Barthes, The Grain of the Voice could not be bettered. Stimulated by generally intelligent questioners, Barthes here talks about the development of his thought, explains why and how he wrote his many books, and pays tribute to philosophers, linguists, novelists, poets, painters, and filmmakers who have interested and inspired him . . . What comes across most vividly is the sheer gusto of a man who never stopped developing and changing, never stopped interacting with contemporaries of all ages and all tastes, and never stopped enjoying his intellectual activities and spiritual explorations."—S. S. Prawer, Washington Post Book World
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