Semiology is the science of signs and symbols, and their role in culture and society. Writing Degree Zero is Barthes' introduction to his field of study, the basic definitions required in the analysis of speech, language, writing and style, delivered with a poet's insight from one of France's most famous literary critics .
In Elements of Semiology Barthes presented a concise scientific definition of Saussurean linguistics and their aftermath. Published in 1967, this is a key text in the study of 'structuralism', which at that time was a relatively new critical movement rapidly gaining an international following.
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"No one addresses himself to language so persistently or ingeniously as Barthes" ( Independent on Sunday)
"[ Writing Degree Zero is] a sweeping account of French literature...cemented Barthes' presence on the academic scene" ( Washington Post)
"A writer whose books of criticism and personal musings must be admired as serious and beautiful works of the imagination" ( New York Times)
Two key texts in the development of semiology and structuralism by a master of literary criticism
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Book Description Vintage Classics, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99528320