Roland Barthes - the author of such enduringly influential works as Mythologies and Camera Lucida - was one of the most important cultural critics of the post-war era. Since his death in 1980, new writings have continued to be discovered and published. The Afterlives of Roland Barthes is the first book to revisit and reassess Barthes' thought in light of these posthumously published writings. Covering work such as Barthes' Mourning Diary, the notes for his projected Vita Nova and many writings yet to be translated into English, Neil Badmington reveals a very different Barthes of today than the figure familiar from the writings published in his lifetime.
Neil Badmington is Professor of English at Cardiff University, UK. His previous books include Hitchcock's Magic (2011) and Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within (2004) and he is the co-editor (with David Tucker) of The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.
1 Introduction: The Afterlives of Roland Barthes 2 For Henriette's Tomb: Mourning with Mallarme 3 Punctum Saliens: Mourning, Film, Photography 4 The `Inkredible' Roland Barthes 5 Bored with Barthes: Ennui in China 6 Hitchcock Hapax: Realism Revisited Postscript: Afterlives' Afterlives Bibliography Index