Roland Gerard Barthes (1915-1980)

French social and literary critic whose writings on Semiotics, helped establish Structuralism, and later Post-Structuralism.

History

Barthes studied at the University of Paris. After working (1952-59) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific, he was appointed to the Ecole Pratique des hauthe etudes. In 1976 he became the first person to hold the chair of literary semiology at the College de France.

Movements

Structuralism
Post-Structuralism

Writings

Influential People

Barthes was strongly influenced by the the ideas of linguist Ferdinand de Saussure.

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