The Eiffel Tower, and Other Mythologies

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University of California Press, 1997 - Literary Collections - 151 pages
In this appealing and luminous collection of essays, Roland Barthes examines the mundane and exposes hidden texts, causing the reader to look afresh at the famous landmark and symbol of Paris, and also at the Tour de France, the visit to Paris of Billy Graham, the flooding of the Seine--and other shared events and aspects of everyday experience.
 

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THE EIFFEL TOWER AND OTHER MYTHOLOGIES

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Another crop of "mythologies"—structuralist patterns inside daffy life—from Barthes, pieces that are as close as he ever comes to occasional writing. He considers the Eiffel Tower and finds it "an ... Read full review

Contents

The Harcourt Actor
19
Paris Not Flooded
31
A Sympathetic Worker
39
A Few Words from Monsieur Poujáde
51
Two Myths of the New Theater
75
The Batory Cruise
95
Poujade and the Intellectuals
127
Cottage Industry
145
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About the author (1997)

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Rumania and Egypt, he joined the Centre de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the Collège de France until his death in 1980.

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