Empire of Signs

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Macmillan, 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  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Brief appreciations of things Japanese, of the "richness, mobility, and subtlety" of the Japanese "exchange of signs": published in France in 1970, and Barthes at his most seductive. These are the ... Read full review

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L'empire des Signs is a fruit of Barthes' 1966 travel to Japan. Observing Far East from an unusual perspective, totally unorientalistic Barthes explores signifiers and signifieds of a culture in a meditative way. A good book to start studying semiology, and understanding Asia. 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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