Empire of Signs

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 1983 - History - 108 pages
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With this book, Barthes offers a broad-ranging meditation on the culture, society, art, literature, language, and iconography--in short, both the sign-oriented realities and fantasies--of Japan itself.
  

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User Review  - Michael Pronko - Goodreads

The classic work on Japan that digs into the meanings, not just information, of experiencing the culture. How to read a city, to find the hidden meanings of a culture, is what Barthes does so well here. Read full review

Review: Empire of Signs

User Review  - Goodreads

The classic work on Japan that digs into the meanings, not just information, of experiencing the culture. How to read a city, to find the hidden meanings of a culture, is what Barthes does so well here. Read full review

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About the author (1983)

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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