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Punctum Saliens: Barthes, mourning, film, photography

Badmington, Neil ORCID: 2012. Punctum Saliens: Barthes, mourning, film, photography. Paragraph 35 (3) , pp. 303-319. 10.3366/para.2012.0061

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In the light of the publication of Roland Barthes's Mourning Diary (2009), this essay examines how the influential theory of the photographic punctutn has cinematic roots which are repressed in Barthes's Camera Lucida (1980). My aim is not to repeat familiar arguments about how Barthes's 'The Third Meaning' (1970) anticipates the photographic punctum in a cinematic context; it is, rather, to attend specifically to Mourning Diary as a much closer, more precise precursor which has been visible only since 2009, and which casts new light upon the work of Roland Barthes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roland Barthes, 'Mourning Diary', 'Camera Lucida', film, photography, punctum
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 0264-8334
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:19

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