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An undefined something else: Barthes, culture, neutral life

Badmington, Neil 2020. An undefined something else: Barthes, culture, neutral life. Theory, Culture and Society 37 (4) , pp. 65-76. 10.1177/0263276420910493

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How might Roland Barthes’ posthumously published account of the Neutral invite us to rethink the very activity of cultural analysis? How did Barthes the cultural critic change when, towards the end of his career, he described and desired Neutral Life? Cultural criticism has often taken Barthes’ early semiological work as a guide, but this essay examines how we might need to reorient ourselves as critics, shift our stance, learn to look and live differently in the light of Barthes’ later focus on the Neutral.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0263-2764
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 February 2017
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 17:19

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