Roland Barthes' stated aim set down in the 1950s was to destroy the idea that signs are natural. The study of signs, semiology, is introduced there, and analyzes the way in which humans communicate their social values through their appearance, visual imanges, literature and culture.
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Philip Thody was Professor of French Literature and Head of Department of French at the University of Leeds until his retirement in 1993. He died in 1999.From School Library Journal:
Grade 12 Up?This book unsuccessfully attempts to present an explanation of Barthes's theories through a combination of text and cartoons. At times the narrative is aided by conversation bubbles in the cartoons, but this is rare. Toward the end of the book, the drawings become needlessly sexually explicit, depicting orgies and S&M. This volume tries to pack too much information into one short volume and fails completely at presenting its topic. Readers with no background on Barthes will be poorly served by it.?Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Book Description Totem Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M184046061X