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Roland Barthes
(1915-1980) born on
Nov 12
French critic. He was known for his contributions to structural linguistics and New Criticism intellectual movement; wrote "Writing Degree Zero," 1953.
Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
The photographic image. . . is a message without a code.
To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive. . . and impoverished.
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Lecon, Inaugural Lecture, 7 Jan. 1977, Collège de France; published in "Selected Writings," 1982.
R: "The Pleasure of the Text, " "Modern," 1975.
A: "The Photographic Message," in Communications, no. 1 (Paris, 1961; repr. in Image Music Text, 1977).
N: "A Lover's Discourse," "Inexpressible Love," 1977.
K: "Esprit."

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