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Critic

in Barthes

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780192801593
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775369 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

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‘Critic’ explains how Barthes devoted considerable time to the critic's traditional task of interpreting and evaluating writers' achievements. In Michelet par lui-même Barthes produced a work that was closely in touch with current developments in French criticism. His work was seen as a contribution to the growing body of phenomenological criticism which treated literary works not as artefacts to be analyzed but as manifestations of consciousness. His other main activity as critic was his promotion of certain avant-garde literary practices. Barthes sought to imagine a political theatre that was not wedded to a simplistic view of language and form and Brecht provided the new dramatic practice Barthes had been looking for.

Keywords: Gaston Bachelard; Maurice Blanchot; body; criticism; Sergei Eisenstein; nouveau roman; Jean-Pierre Richard; theatre

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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