Roland Barthes

By Graham Allen

© 2003 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Roland Barthes is a central figure in the study of language, literature, culture and the media. This book prepares readers for their first encounter with his crucial writings on some of the most important theoretical debates, including:

*existentialism and Marxism

*semiology, or the 'language of signs'

*structuralism and narrative analysis

*post-structuralism, deconstruction and 'the death of the author'

*theories of the text and intertextuality.

Tracing his engagement with other key thinkers such as Sartre, Saussure, Derrida and Kristeva, this volume offers a clear picture of Barthes work in-context. The in-depth understanding of Barthes offered by this guide is essential to anyone reading contemporary critical theory.


'These little books are certainly helpful study guides. They are clear, concise and complete. They are ideal for undergraduates studying for exams or writing essays and for lifelong learners wanting to expand their knowledge of a given author or idea.' - Beth Lord, Times Higher Education Supplement

About the Author

Graham Allen is a lecturer in English at University College, Cork. He is the author of Intertextuality in Routledge's New Critical Idiom series and has published widely in literary theory and in the literature of the Romantic period.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory