Author: Roland Barthes
Translator: Hee-young Kim
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About This Book
"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's
Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language—primarily the
complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover
with his or her partner—is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of
people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in
serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies,
judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . .
Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A
Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an
object of interest."—Jonathan Culler
About The Author
Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.
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