Centennial celebration: The Pleasures of Roland Barthes

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, an all-day colloquium at the Rochambeau House at Brown University (84 Prospect Street, Providence, RI) on Friday, April 10th will explore French literary theorist Roland Barthes’s writing and thinking, focusing on the notion of pleasure in his work.

A profoundly original thinker, Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was hugely influential in the development of semiotics and a structuralist approach of literature. Spanning a wide variety of domains, his writing revolutionized literary and artistic criticism, with the publication of such watershed works as Le Degré zéro de l’écriture (1953), Sur Racine (1963), Critique et vérité (1966) and Fragments d’un discours amoureux (1977). He argued for an analysis of the act of reading with the reading subject at its heart – exploring the notion of “pleasure” in Le Plaisir du texte (1973).

Morning session: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PIERRE SAINT-AMAND (Brown University)

FRANÇOISE GAILLARD (Université Paris-Diderot)

«Il n’y a de rencontre qu’avec des signes»

RÉDA BENSMA?A (Brown University)
«Text, Body, Corpus : On The ‘Mana-Word’ Body»

PIERRE SAINT-AMAND (Brown University)
“Pour un érotisme sans incidents”

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

PIERRE SAINT-AMAND (Brown University)

PHILIPPE ROGER (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

«Mutatis Mutandis : avatars de la Vita Nova»

SUZANNE GUERLAC (University of California, Berkeley)
«Scattered Subjects, Moments of Truth»

PETER SZENDY (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre, Brown University)
“Gazing and Phrasing (Punctum, Photography, Film)”


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