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Criticism and Truth by Roland Barthes, Philip Thody


Criticism and Truth by Roland Barthes, Philip Thody

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a major French writer, literary theorist and critic of French culture and society. His classic works include Mythologies and Camera Lucida . Criticism and Truth is a brilliant discussion of the language of literary criticism and a key work in the Barthes canon. It is a cultural, linguistic and intellectual challenge to those who believe in the clarity, flexibility and neutrality of language, couched in Barthes' own inimitable and provocative style.


'A remarkable account'
Fredric Jameson

'Barthes outlines some key concerns: plurality of meanings; analysis, based on linguistics, of the structures of possible meanings; the idea of a science of literature; and the dynamics of reading... a lively and accessible statement of an important modern critical position that is worth reading.'
Library Journal

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a major French writer, literary theorist and critic of French culture and society. Katrine Pilcher Keuneman is Senior Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Philip Thody was formerly Professor of French Literature at Leeds University

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Publication date

22nd February 2007


Roland Barthes, Philip Thody

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


84 pages


Literary theory



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