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Roland Barthes

The Guardian
The Guardian
 2021-10-30
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When I was asked to collaborate with the former Beatle on a book, I gained a unique insight into the creative process behind the band’s biggest hits, writes Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon

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If a novel was good, would you care if it was created by artificial intelligence?

Richard Lea

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can’t be far behind, says Guardian books writer Richard Lea

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The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet review – who killed Roland Barthes?

Semiotics meets the whodunnit in a satiric romp through Parisian intellectual life from the author of HHhH

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Mythomania by Peter Conrad review – the real meaning of Apple, cronuts and the Kardashians

A collection of playful essays, inspired by Roland Barthes, explores the deeper significance of today’s cultural phenomena

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The week in books Happy 100th birthday, Roland Barthes

Little did the great demythologiser know that after his death he would become famous, commodified and mythic himself

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Books blog Roland Barthes' challenge to biography

The great critic’s life can certainly be seen in his work, but – as one would expect from the man who pronounced the Author dead – in more complicated ways than we are used to

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  • Steven Poole on Roland Barthes' Travels in China, Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal and Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson
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New publisher dedicated to essays hopes to revive the form

Notting Hill Editions launches with work from authors including Roland Barthes, John Berger and Georges Perec

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Rereading: Grieving for his mother, Roland Barthes looked for her in old photos – and wrote a curious, moving book that became one of the most influential studies of photography. By Brian Dillon

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Top 10s John Sutherland's top 10 books about books

From Aristotle to Roland Barthes, the author and commentator gives his analysis of the critics who find the hard answers to simple questions, and offers some improving ideas for new year's reading

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Books blog In theory: The Death of the Author

Andrew Gallix: Kicking off a new occasional series about the most influential literary theory, Andrew Gallix revisits a classic essay by Roland Barthes

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Book cover redesign: and the winner is ....

Inspired by the Canadian blog Bookninja's cover competition, we asked you to redesign a famous novel for a dumbed-down era

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  • Fifty years on, Roland Barthes' Mythologies hasn't been superseded, it's been implemented
  • But what does it mean?
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