S/Z is the linguistic distillation of Barthes's system of semiology, a science of signs and symbols, in which a Balzac novella, Sarrasine, is dissected semantically in order to uncover layers of unsuspected meanings and connotations. In the process, Barthes reveals the immeasurably fecund nature of language. His interpretation of language and meaning within the structuralist mode is a classic work of semiotic theory, profoundly influential on a generation of Anglo-American theorists. It stands, in twentieth-century thought, alongside Levi-Strauss's work in anthropology.
"Taken together, The Pleasure of the Text and S/Z force us to notice how much of the most interesting thought today is being carried forward in what we used to call 'literary criticism', and how important Barthes's own contribution to redefinition of the field has been." (The New York Times Book Review)
1. Sarrasine, by Honore de Balzac.
2. Sequence of Actions.
3. Summary of Contents.
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 8th November 1990
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.4 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1