Roland Barthes, whose centenary falls in 2015, was a restless, protean thinker. A constant innovator, often as a daring smuggler of ideas from one discipline to another, he first gained an audience with his pithy essays on mass culture and then went on to produce some of the most suggestive and stimulating cultural criticism of the late twentieth century, including Empire of Signs, The Pleasure of the Text, and Camera Lucida. In 1976, this one time structuralist outsider was elected to a chair at France's preeminent College de France, where he chose to style himself as professor of literary semiology until his death in 1980. The greater part of Barthes's published writings have been available to a French audience since 2002, but here, translator Chris Turner presents a collection of essays, interviews, prefaces, book reviews, and other journalistic material for the first time in English. Divided into five themed volumes, readers are presented in volume five, 'Simply a Particular Contemporary': Interviews, with four interviews Barthes conducted between 1970 and 1979, varying widely in style and content. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Northwestern University Press ed. - Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2009.
Book — 368 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
This book brings together the great majority of Barthes's interviews that originally appeared in French in "Le Figaro Litteraire, Cahiers du Cinema, 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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)