Roland Barthes

The Pleasure of the Text


Oorspronkelijke titel: Le plaisir du Texte, 1973
Vertaling: Richard Miller, 1975
Uitgever: Hill and Wang
ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0-374-52160-3
ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-0-374-52160-8


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. But whereas Nietzsche addresses the reader in many tones, mostly aggressive, Barthes invariably performs in an affable register. There are no rude or prophetic claims, no pleadings with the reader, and no efforts not to be understood. This is seduction as play, never violation. All of Barthes's work is an exploration of 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, as for Nietzsche, the point is to make us bold, agile, subtle, intelligent, detached. And to give pleasure. -Susan Sontag





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