Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. His writings helped establish structuralism and the New Criticism as leading intellectual movements. By the late 1970s, his theories had become extremely influential not only in France but throughout Europe and in the United States. Other leading radical French thinkers who influenced or were influenced by him include the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, socio-historian Michel Foucault, and philosopher Jacques Derrida. Barthes was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

Related / Latest Publication:
Tiphaine Samoyault, Barthes. A Biography, translated by Andrew Brown (Polity Press, January 2017)