Mythologies - Roland Barthes

"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . For Barthes, words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time, since they are signs, words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer, as if what they say is eternal, true, necessary, instead of arbitrary, made, contingent. Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible, for example, for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for, be the myth of, 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages.' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object, making the object speak its hidden, but ever-so-present, reservoir of manufactured sense."--Edward W. Said

Here's a link to a good independent bookshop that should be able to deliver this to your door.

http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/

Please note that this venue can only accommodate 7 people.

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  • kaatje l.

    Very nice to meet you all, I look forward to the next meeting

    April 29, 2013

  • Sapna

    lovely to meet everyone - great venue !

    April 29, 2013

  • Sissel

    Great first session, lovely to meet everyone.

    April 28, 2013

  • Victoria

    I admit that I've not completed it is full and think I would benefit from giving it another go!

    April 28, 2013

  • Sissel

    Is there a table reserved in your name Victoria? My first meeting tomorrow and wondering how I'll recognise everyone.

    April 27, 2013

    • Victoria

      Hi Sissel, I have just sent an email with the particulars for tomorrow. See you then.

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sad I wont be able to make it now, have started and been enjoying the book!

    April 3, 2013

  • kaatje l.

    Looking forward to see you all! The book sounds really interesting!

    April 1, 2013

  • Victoria

    Hi Sissel, I'm looking forward to meeting you at this session. I've been told that this venue serves amazing pancakes...

    March 20, 2013

    • Sissel

      Ha ha! Sounds fab! Looking forward to meeting you too. Now I just need to get the book!

      March 23, 2013

  • Sissel

    My first meeting ever! Looking forward to.

    March 18, 2013

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