Now available in paperback, this is the first biography of Roland Barthes - one of the most important European intellectuals of the postwar years. Calvet provides a lively and engaging account of Barthes's life and work demonstrating his tremendous importance and influence in the second half of the twentieth century.
Preliminary Note. Preface: The Genealogical Silence. 1. A Ward of the Nation. 2. A Little Gentleman. 3. In Limbo. 4. Paris - Bucharest. 5. From Alexandria to Writing Degree Zero. . 6. The Theatre Years. 7. The Ecole, At Last. 8. Structures Do Not Take to the Streets. 9. Tel Quel. 10. The College de France. 11. An Unqualifiable Life, A Life without Quality. 12. The 'After Death'. Notes. Bibliography of Roland Barthes. Index.