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First released in 1977, Roland Barthes by way of Roland Barthes is the nice literary theorist's most unusual work―a outstanding and playful textual content, gracefully combining the non-public and the theoretical to bare Roland Barthes's tastes, his early life, his schooling, his passions and regrets.

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JAAVA^CLUA. Darius, a part that always gave me terrible stage fright, had two long declamations in which I was likely to forget my lines: 1 was fascinated by the temptation of thinking about something else. Through the tiny holes in the mask, I could see only very high up, and very far away; while I delivered the dead king's prophecies, my eyes came to rest on inert—free—objects and books, a window, a cornice, a piece of the sky: they, at least, weren't afraid. I excoriated myselffor getting caught in this uncomfortable trap—while my voice continued its smooth delivery, resisting the expressions / should have given it.

56 : Graphie bliss: before painting, music Comparaison est raison ~ Comparison is motive He makes an application that is at once strict and metaphoric, literal and vague, of linguistics to some remote object: Sadean erotics, for instance—which authorizes him to speak of a Sadean grammar. S i m i l a r l y , he applies the linguistic system (paradigmlsyntagm) to the stylistic system, and classifies the author's corrections according to the two axes of the paper; similarly again, he enjoys proposing a correspondence between Fourierist notions and medieval genres.

However, of course, what is defended is not money saved, hoarded, blocked; it is money spent, wasted, swept away by the very movement o f loss, made brilliant by the luxury of a production; thus money metaphorically becomes gold: the G o l d of the Signifier. Le vaisseau Argo ~ The ship Argo A frequent image: that o f the ship Argo (luminous and white), each piece o f w h i c h the Argonauts gradually replaced, so that they ended with an entirely new ship, without having to alter either its name or its form.

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