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Roland Barthes at the Collège de France

Lucy O'Meara


This book looks at the four lecture courses given by Roland Barthes in Paris between 1977 and 1980. It brings together all the strands of Barthes' activity as writer, teacher and public intellectual. The book focuses particularly on Barthes' pedagogical style, addressing how his wilfully un-magisterial teaching links to the anti-systematic, anti-dogmatic goals of the rest of his work. Barthes' methodology sought to negotiate the balance between singularity and universality, and central to this endeavour are aesthetic thought and techniques of essayism and fragmentation. Barthes' strategies are ... More

Keywords: Roland Barthes, pedagogy, singularity, universality, essayism, fragmentation, community life, neutral discourse, novels, universal particular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318436
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317866


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy O'Meara, author