Fun Facts Friday: Roland Barthes

November 12, 2021

Roland Barthes (12 November, 1915 – 26 March, 1980) was a French philosopher,critic, essayist, and theorist. Mr. Barthe’s ideas influenced many schools of theory.

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Fun Facts about Roland Barthes:

  1. Born as Roland Gérard Barthes in Cherbourg, Normandy. His father was a naval officer, unfortunately killed in World War I before Mr. Barthes first birthday.
  2. As a child, Mr. Barthes was raised by his mother, aunt, and grandmother in Urt, a village on the outskirts of Bayonne. When he was eleven, the family relocated to Paris.
  3. Suffering from ill health as a young man, he still managed to go to the Sorbonne and get a degree in classic literature. His health issues disqualified him from serving in the military during World War II.
  4. Roland Barthes loved Havana cigars, music, and took singing lessons.
  5. Teaching at The École Pratique des Hautes études in Paris was his job for two decades.
  6. Barthes also traveled to various universities around the world.
  7. In 1977, Collège de France appointed Ronald Barthes to a chair of Sémiologie Littéraire. This professorship was created especially for him.
  8. Barthes’s Mythologies (1957) showed how the upper class asserts its values through cultural materials.
  9. In the early 1960s Mr. Barthes rose in stature, and by the end of the decade he has established himself as an academic, traveling around the world delivering presentations.
  10. Barthes attended a lunch hosted by future French President François Mitterrand. Afterwards, the man that did more than anyone else to cut down the power of advertisements, got hit by a speeding laundry van, plastered with laundry advertisements, and died in the hospital.

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Roland Barthes (12 November, 1915 – 26 March, 1980) was a French philosopher,critic, essayist, and theorist. Mr. Barthe’s ideas influenced many schools of theory.
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