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ISBN-10: 0374521603
ISBN-13: 9780374521608
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Publish Date: 01/01/1975
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.34" W, 0.25" H

The Pleasure of the Text

Translator: Richard Miller

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Overview

What is it that we do when we enjoy a text? What is the pleasure of reading? The French critic and theorist Roland Barthes’s answers to these questions constitute perhaps for the first time in the history of criticism . . . not only a poetics of reading . . . but a much more difficult achievement, an erotics of reading . . . . Like filings which gather to form a figure in a magnetic field, the parts and pieces here do come together, determined to affirm the pleasure we must take in our reading as against the indifference of (mere) knowledge. –Richard Howard

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"Barthes repeatedly compared teaching to play, reading to eros, writing to seduction. His voice became more and more personal, more full of grain, as he called it; his intellectual art more openly a performance, like that of the other great anti-systematizers . . . All of Barthes work is an exploration the histrionic or ludic; in many ingenious modes, a plea for savor, for a festive (rather than dogmatic or credulous) relation to ideas. For Barthes, the point is to make us bold, agile, subtle, intelligent, detached. And to give pleasure." –Susan Sontag
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ISBN-10: 0374521603
ISBN-13: 9780374521608
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Publish Date: 01/01/1975
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.34" W, 0.25" H
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