S/Z: An Essay

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Macmillan, Jan 1, 1975 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 271 pages
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Preface by Richard Howard. Translated by Richard Miller. This is Barthes's scrupulous literary analysis of Balzac's short story "Sarrasine."
  

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User Review  - Kenneth - Goodreads

Utterly sublime. I love this book. After reading it, you should understand everything you need to know about how literature works and how to write an essay. Read full review

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Reading this in undergrad changed how I think about language - Thank you DA Miller. I hope Berkeley was worth it Read full review

Contents

SZ
3
Three Codes Together
139
The Casuistry of Discourse
140
Narcissistic Proof
143
double understanding
144
Psychological Proof
147
The Voice of the Reader
151
The Scene
154
To Die of Ignorance
184
Before Castration
185
Denouement and Disclosure
187
Voice of the Person
190
Glissando
197
Pandemia
198
Literature Replete
200
Interrupted Replication
202

Everything holds together
156
How an Orgy Is Created
157
The Braid
160
metonymic falsehood
162
BeingCastrated and Castration
163
The Transposed Kiss
165
Aesthetic Proof
167
The Signified as Conclusion
171
The Mastery of Meaning
173
The Declaration of Love
176
Character and Discourse
178
determineddeterminant
181
The Empiric Voice
203
The Voice of Science
205
From Sculpture to Painting
207
Voice of Truth
209
The Balzacian Text
211
Modification
212
xcn The Three Points of Entry
214
The Pensive Text
216
APPEnDICES
221
Sequence of Actions
255
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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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