Theory & Aesthetics: Roland Barthes

VMS 576S

How do philosophers read and make sense of literary texts, movies, works of art and other philosophers? This course elucidates key conceptual and hermeneutic articulations under girding a philosophical signature and delineate the status of aesthetic objects in theory. It explores Roland Barthes' thought through 4 of his key theoretical moves: death of the author, reality effect, punctum, the neutre and the ground upon which he deployed them: the realist novel, techniques of cinema & photography, political antagonism, queer subjectivity. Texts to be read in English translation; students encouraged to consult the French originals.
Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • W
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ISS 576S
  • LIT 576S
  • ROMST 576S
Typically Offered