Study Guide

Roland Barthes Biography

Basic Information

Name

Roland Barthes (pronounced like that Simpson kid)

Nickname

Author Slayer, Semiotician Extraordinaire, Rustler of Language, Dissector of Texts

Sex

Male

Home town

I was born in the countryside—Bayonne, France, to be exact—but soon moved to Paris, the hotbed for all things literary and theoretical. NBD.

Work & Education

Occupation

Official title: Chair of Sémiologie Littéraire, Collège de France. Unofficial title: Dissector of Texts. Visit my office hours if you want to help me cut up editions of Balzac.

Education

The Sorbonne, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Sure, I've got the pedigree. But I'm all about independent study and going off the grid.

Beliefs

Political views

Anti-whatever the bourgeois are doing.

Religious views

It's complicated: born to a Protestant mother and a Catholic father. I went Protestant, but I'm not down with the strict moral angle.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Stendhal (but I always failed to speak of the things I loved)
All things interdisciplinary
Music
Reading for pleasure
Writing in my journal

Dislikes

The bourgeois, and whatever they're doing
Dominant ideologies
Tuberculosis
Laundry trucks (too soon?)

Interests

All things literary
Photography
Advertising
Fashion
Professional wrestling
Japan
Hollywood film

Groups

Semioticians
Structuralists
Cultural Critics
Theorists of professional wrestling
Fashion magazines deserve to be analyzed, too
Professors most likely to write romance novels on the side