In January 1977 Roland Barthes became professor of literary semiology at the College de France, where he taught for three years until his death in March 1980. His lectures from those years, published more than two decades after his death, represent the final intellectual journey of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. In his late teaching, Barthes continuously challenged his previous work, seeking out new ways of reading and living. In his idiosyncratic style, he sketched the outlines of a critical and ethical project that is still thought- provoking and relevant today. Taking the College de France lectures as a starting point, leading specialists assess Barthes's legacy and the constituent fantasies that haunted his entire oeuvre. This volume reveals the untimely force of Barthes's thinking, whereby looking back often means discovering unexpected possibilities for contemporary literary and cultural studies. This is also published as a Special Issue of the journal Paragraph.
Jurgen Pieters teaches literary theory and cultural history at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is the author of Moments of Negotiation. The New Historicism of Stephen Greenblatt (Amsterdam University Press, 2001). Kris Pint is Lecturer in Cultural and Literary Theory at the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, Belgium.
Introduction, Jurgen Pieters And Kris Pint; Atonality and Tonality: Musical Analogies in Roland Barthes's Lectures at the College de France, Lucy O'meara; 'The Paideia of the Greeks': On the Methodology of Roland Barthes's Comment vivre ensemble, Maarten De Pourcq; How to Become What One Is: Roland Barthes's Final Fantasy, Kris Pint; 'Except When Night Falls': Together and Alone in Barthes's Comment vivre ensemble, Diana Knight; Suspending Events, Loving the Margin: Solitude According to Barthes, Sabine Hillen; Barthes without Althusser: A Different Style of Marxism, Jean-Jacques Lecercle; The 'Inkredible' Roland Barthes, Neil Badmington; 'Preparation du romanesque' in Roland Barthes's Reading of Sarrasine, Andy Stafford; Preparing the Novel: Spiraling Back, Jonathan Culler; Notes on Contributors.