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.
Fun Facts about Roland Barthes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Roland Barthes loved Havana cigars, music, and took singing lessons.
- Teaching at The École Pratique des Hautes études in Paris was his job for two decades.
- Barthes also traveled to various universities around the world.
- In 1977, Collège de France appointed Ronald Barthes to a chair of Sémiologie Littéraire. This professorship was created especially for him.
- Barthes’s Mythologies (1957) showed how the upper class asserts its values through cultural materials.
- 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.
- 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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