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Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses

Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623679.003.0008
Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses

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This chapter turns to the work of Roland Barthes, outlining his theories of textual interpretation — his theories of myth and code — as a basis for understanding his reflections on lover's discourses. It also determines the transitions and continuities between structuralism and its ‘post’, utilising three Barthesian texts: Mythologies, S/Z and A Lover's Discourse. Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail uses multiple discourses that may be explored via Barthes' articulation of the mythologies and codes of the text. Barthes' ‘Myth Today’ enables a reading beyond the explicit meaning or narrative level revealing a meta-language or meta-narrative hidden in both the filmic and the theoretical texts. While in S/Z, Barthes shows the intertextuality of texts, in A Lover's Discourse, he enacts (rather than explaining) this inter-textuality. The latter is a reflection of the obsessions and anxieties of love which attempts an impossible transgression.

Keywords: lover's discourses; Roland Barthes; myth; code; Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; You've Got Mail; love

Chapter.  6844 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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