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The Gentlest Law

Roland Barthes's "The Pleasure of the Text</I>


Armine Kotin Mortimer

Rich in informative and provocative suggestions for interpreting all of Barthes's texts, this unique work proposes a comprehensive commentary on Barthes's brilliant, programmatic book, The Pleasure of the Text. Fully explained intertexts illustrate the theory of intertextuality and clarify the book's most enigmatic and complex concepts. Also included are corrections of the serious errors in the English translation. The introduction assesses the importance of The Pleasure of the Text in Barthes's evolution and defines intertextuality and other key Barthesian notions such as écriture; a bibliography and index complete this valuable and most unusual study. Students and professors alike will find it indispensable.
Contents: A commentary on Barthes's The Pleasure of the Text, including 285 intertexts and corrections of translation errors. Informative and provocative suggestions for understanding all Barthes. Indispensable for both students and professors.