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Criticism and Truth

1987
Author:

Roland Barthes
Katrine Pilcher Keunemen, editor
Translated by Katrine Pilcher Keunemen
Introduction by Philip Thody

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Structured as a two-part essay. Part one opens with Barthes’s point by point dissection of Sorbonne philologist Raymond Picard’s “old criticism.” Part two is devoted primarily to the author’s own theory of criticism.

Structured as a two-part essay, the book opens with Barthes’s point-by-point dissection of Picard’s “old criticism.” Barthes consturcts his own argument and shows, ultimately, that one can cross the abyss that separates criticism and reading, and, by implication, that which separates both from the work of the writer.

Structured as a two-part essay, the book opens with Barthes’s point-by-point dissection of Picard’s “old criticism.” Barthes consturcts his own argument and shows, ultimately, that one can cross the abyss that separates criticism and reading, and, by implication, that which separates both from the work of the writer.


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Roland Barthes’s many books include Writing Degree Zero, Mythologies, Elements of Semiology, S/Z, and Empire of Signs.

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