Roland Barthes was a French philosopher and literary critic who wrote on a wide range of topics from mass media to semiotics. His most famous books include Mythologies, S/Z, and The Fashion System.
"Eiffel saw his Tower in the form of a serious object, rational, useful; men return it to him in the form of a great baroque dream which quite naturally touches on the borders of the irrational ... architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience."
— Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies
ARTICLES FEATURING ROLAND
In the Snatches of Free Time: On Collecting Roland Barthes
Ayten Tartici pores over an “intentionally idiosyncratic collection of Barthesiana entitled ‘Album,’” edited by Éric Marty and translated by Jody Gladding....
The Sideways Gaze: Roland Barthes’s Travels in China
A unique record of Barthes’s failure to offer a portrait of China....
Decay is the Way Dead Things Live
It’s hard not to read this as a profession of artistic faith, of Schulz’s conviction in an art made out of scraps and remnants....