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Roland Barthes’s Social Media

Shmoop eavesdrops on your favorite critic’s online convos.
Julia Kristeva

Have you been watching Project Runway? Was watching and thought of you: are they exposing the fashion industry, or just reinforcing all the myths?

I don't know, but I rather like Tim Gunn. Maybe he's the only one who can expose it from the inside.

Theodor Adorno

Like I always say, the culture industry has forced art into standard forms. The same thing is happening with fashion. And Tim Gunn is the stick that beats it down into the latest cut and color.

Theodor, please. This isn't about art—it's about work! Tim Gunn is always popping in and watching the contestants work. It's like forced labor. They should call this show The Panopticon of Fashion.

Pierre Bourdieu

Michel, now you're misreading Project Runway. This isn't about forcing the designers to work. Project Runway is all about clothes, right? And fashion wants to be seen. Otherwise how would you show off your taste (and by taste I mean class status)?

Back up, everyone! Tim Gunn always comes by to say "MAKE IT WORK!"He's unveiling the work behind fashion.

Wondering if I should read The Marriage Plot. I hear I get quoted a lot.

Northrop Frye

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You would—you just love categorizing things by type of plot, don't you?

Northrop Frye

Have you seen the Taylor Swift video for "Love Story"? Overdoing the Romeo and Juliet archetype.

The first scene is like every case of love at first sight: she sees him reading and interrupts him in an activity that seems meant to be seen. So staged!

Theodor Adorno

Fragments of culture recycled over and over. Are we in the end times yet?

Gérard Genette

Hey, want to meet up for coffee this weekend? We could talk structures and genres.

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Julia Kristeva

So how are you liking the Mikhail Bakhtin I lent you?

I'm marveling over the catalogue of our shared tastes.

By which I mean to say, thanks ☺

Julia Kristeva

Anytime!

Jean-Luc Picard

Your book on Racine is a bunch of impressionistic mumbo-jumbo. I feel like I'm reading your journal.

Gérard Genette

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Julia Kristeva

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Tzvetan Todorov

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Jean-Luc Picard

You should write like I do. My book on Racine is well-researched, objective, and clearly written.

Jean-Luc Picard

Pokes.

How can I even address your argument when your logic is so flawed? No style is transparent. Your version of literary criticism isn't more objective than mine is.

Pierre Bourdieu

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Actually, Picard, thank you: you've given me an idea. I think I will publish an autobiography: I will call it Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes.

A.J. Greimas

Are you done with my copy of de Saussure yet?

How can I ever be done! But I have read it.

A.J. Greimas

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Sorry I've been MIA. Just had a radiant encounter with semiotics. You want to discuss sometime? Café tomorrow night?

A.J. Greimas

Yeah! Semiology book club!

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