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"Masculine, Feminine, Neuter"and Other Writings on Literature

Essays and Interviews, Volume 3

Last season, Seagull Books published the first three volumes in a new series collecting essays and interviews by the late French thinker Roland Barthes. This season they’ll bring the five-volume set to completion with the publication of “Masculine, Feminine, Neuter” and Signs and Images.

“Masculine, Feminine, Neuter,” consists of Barthes’s writing on literature, covering his peers and influences, writers in French and other languages, contemporary and historical writers, and world literature. This volume comprises Barthes critical articles and interviews previously unavailable in English.

Taken together, the five volumes in this series are a gift to Barthes’ many fans, helping to round out our understanding of this restless, protean thinker and his legacy.

168 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2016

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"Given the diversity of these pieces in terms of history and content, it is crucial that the translator has made a good job of briefly contextualizing all the pieces and that the translations understand, especially in relation to the gendering that operates in the French language and to some of the more recondite references, that the renderings into English need, periodically, the helping-hand of an attuned and scholarly – that is experienced – editor and translator of Barthes."

H-France Review

Table of Contents

Recovering the Unburies Treasure (On Popular Poetry)
The Man-Eater (On Zola’s Nana)
Maupassant and the Physics of Misfortune
The Cathedrals of Novels (On Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris)
Round Table Discussions
New Pathways of Literary Criticism in France
A Personal Statement on Robbe-Grillet
The Two Sociologies of the Novel
Alain Girard: ‘The Diary’
Parallel Lives
Pleasure in Language
Edoardo Sanguineti
Preface (to Ecyclopédie Bordas, Volume VIII)
Preface (to Jacques Prévert, Fatras)
Argument and Prospectus: A Letter to Philippe Roger
Preface (to Ecyclopédie Bordas, Volume IX)
Interview-Preface to Littérature occidentale
From Them to Us
‘It All Comes Together’
Masculine, Feminine, Neuter

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