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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.
         
   
F
Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. . . . The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions: the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere. . .

R
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
A
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.
N
New York. . . is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation.
K
The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Interview by Bernard-Henri Lévy, Art and Text, no. 8 (1977; repr. in Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, ed. by Russell Ferguson et al., 1990).
R: The Pleasure of the Text, "Oppositions" (1975).
A: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
N: "Buffet Finishes off New York," in Arts (Paris, 1959; repr. in The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies, tr. by Richard Howard, 1979).
K: "Buffet Finishes off New York," in Arts (Paris, 1959; repr. in The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies, tr. by Richard Howard, 1979).
   


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