Roland Barthes Quotes
A collection of quotes by Roland Barthes.
Roland Barthes was a renowned French literary theorist, philosopher, and semiotician born on November 12, 1915, in Cherbourg, France. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the field of literary criticism and cultural studies. Barthes received his education at the University of Paris where he studied classical literature and grammar.
Throughout his career, Barthes explored various aspects of literature, language, and culture. His groundbreaking work "Mythologies," published in 1957, dissected contemporary popular culture and exposed the hidden ideological messages embedded within everyday objects and practices. This innovative approach revolutionized the way people understood and analyzed cultural artifacts.
Barthes was a prominent proponent of structuralism, a theoretical framework that seeks to uncover the underlying structures and systems that shape human behavior, language, and society. His research interests expanded to include the study of signs and symbols, culminating in the publication of his seminal work "Elements of Semiology" in 1967.
Barthes' work extended beyond academic circles, and he made significant contributions to the fields of fashion, photography, and art criticism. His unique perspective and ability to reveal the multiple layers of meaning in cultural expressions left an indelible mark on contemporary theory and criticism.
Sadly, Roland Barthes' brilliant career was cut short when he passed away on March 25, 1980, following a tragic accident. However, his ideas and theories continue to resonate in academic circles, making him one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century.
Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions: the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere, even in the areas of the bourgeois and the proletariat, what's left of them.
To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of his art. Far from the details of his daily life bringing nearer to me the nature of his inspiration and making it clearer, it is the whole mystical singularity of his condition which the writer emphasizes by such confidences. For I cannot but ascribe to some superhumanly the existence of beings vast enough to wear blue pajamas at the very moment when they manifest themselves as universal conscience.
To hide a passion totally (or even to hide, more simply, its excess) is inconceivable: not because the human subject is too weak, but because passion is in essence made to be seen: the hiding must be seen: I want you to know that I am hiding something from you, that is the active paradox I must resolve: at one and the same time it must be known and not known: I want you to know that I don't want to show my feelings: that is the message I address to the other.
Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.
There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one's good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.