Vintage Classics Lovers Discourse


Here, Barthes addresses the language of love, a language of solitude, of mythology, of what he calls an ‘image repertoire’. It is aimed at those who have been in love, and those who’ve not. A range of examples are included, from Nietzsche to Zen.

ISBN: 9780099437420 Author: Barthes, Roland Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 4th July 2002 Imprint: Vintage Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 128.46 (edition:21) Pages: 234 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

‘May be the most detailed, painstaking anatomy of desire that we are ever likely to see or need again… An ecstatic celebration of love and language’ Washington Post

The language we use when we are in love is not a language we speak. It is a language addressed to ourselves and to our imaginary beloved. It is a language of solitude, of mythology, of what Barthes calls an ‘image repertoire’.

Reviving the notion of the amorous subject beyond psychological or clinical enterprises, Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse is a book for everyone who has ever been in love, or indeed, thought themselves to be immune to its power.

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