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The 'inkredible' Roland Barthes

Badmington, Neil ORCID: 2008. The 'inkredible' Roland Barthes. Paragraph 31 (1) , pp. 84-94. 10.3366/E0264833408000096

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The opening of the fourth session of The Neutral — the course given by Roland Barthes at the Collège de France in 1977–8 — is marked by a dramatic spillage of ink. Rather than take this as an incidental, trivial moment, I read it as one of the many ‘ink blots’ that colour the work of Barthes. Tracing his ‘almost obsessive relation to writing instruments’ and the material act of inscription, this essay relates the ‘ink blots’ to the development of a ‘non-arrogant’, non-expressive, non-idealistic theory of language in The Neutral and other texts by Barthes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barthes, ink, writing, writing instruments, Saussure, arrogance
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 0264-8334
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:56

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