Roland Barthes' Cinema
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Roland Barthes' Cinema

Philip Watts (Professor of French, Professor of French, Columbia University), Dudley Andrew (R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University), Yves Citton (University of Grenoble), Vincent Debaene (Associate Professor of French, Associate Professor of French, Columbia University), Sam Di Iorio (Associate Professor of French, Associate Professor of French, Hunter College / CUNY Grad Center)

The most famous name in French literary circles from the late 1950s till his death in 1981, Roland Barthes maintained a contradictory rapport with the cinema. As a cultural critic, he warned of its surreptitious ability to lead the enthralled spectator toward an acceptance of a pre-given world. As a leftist, he understood that spectacle could be turned against itself and provoke deep questioning of that pre-given world. And as an extraordinarily sensitive human being, he relished the beauty of images and the community they could bring together.

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