S/Z: An Essay by Roland Barthes (Eng.)

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New York. Hill & Wang. 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, slight fading to pages. Jacket Condition: Near Fine, very slight fading to spine over time. 271pp.

In this volume, Barthes does a closer-than-close reading of Blazac's Sarrasine to more directly consider the ways we encounter text, textuality, and an inheritance of semiology in order to make meaning at all. Looking at our attachments to language, the identity politics of enunciation, the subconscious life of letters, and how we recognize that kind of pure meaning (a degree zero, an "appearance as disappearance") that speaks through us, translating each of us to one another and, in turn, to ourselves.

This
 publication is "the trace of work" taken from a two-year seminary (1968–1969) at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes.

Trans. from the French by Richard Miller.
Preface by Richard Howard.

Text in English. 

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