Come celebrate the centenary of the birth of philosopher, semiotician, linguist, and cultural critic Roland Barthes.

The thinker's concerns ranged from colonization and vineyards to milk, toys, fashion, travel, literature, and the many other locations of codes and mythologies in our daily lives.

Join us for a reading group, in which we will revisit both classic Barthes works and newly translated texts.

All are welcome--students (graduate and undergraduate), members of UTSA faculty and staff (from all departments), members of the community. You need no previous knowledge of Barthes, philosophy, literary studies, or anything at all. Your day-to-day experience makes you expert enough.


No grades or academic credit will be awarded. No one will assign a paper or grade it. No one will take attendance. No fees will be asked. Free coffee will be provided.

We meet on select Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., in MB 2.404 (new location!):

September 1, 2015: selections from Mythologies

October 6, 2015: Camera Lucida (e-mail paul.ardoin@utsa.edu if you need scans)

November 3, 2015: "The Death of the Author" and from S/Z, pp 1-16 (e-mail for scans of these or a related reading, Zadie Smith's "Re-reading Barthes and Nabokov")

March 1, 2016: Cancelled.

April 5, 2016: Selected readings from "The 'Scandal' of Marxism" (e-mail paul.ardoin@utsa.edu for scans)


For more information, continue to check this page, or e-mail paul.ardoin@utsa.edu








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