This book brings together the great majority of Barthes's interviews that originally appeared in French in Le Figaro Litteraire, Cahiers du Cinema, France-Observateur, L'Express, and elsewhere. Barthes replied to questions-on the cinema, on his own works, on fashion, writing, and criticism-in his unique voice; here we have Barthes in conversation, speaking directly, with all his individuality. These interviews provide an insight into the rich, probing intelligence of one of the great and influential minds of our time.
Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was born in Normandy, raised in Paris, and was educated at the Sorbonne and Centre national de la recherche scientifique. His first book, Mythologies, about myths in popular culture, was published in 1957. He was a central figure in schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. His works include S/Z, Camera Lucida, and the essay "The Death of the Author." Northwestern University Press is reissuing Barthes's New Critical Essays this season as well. Linda Coverdale is an award-winning translator of more than fifty books. In 2001, the French government awarded her the title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.