Thursday, November 2

Roland Barthes - A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (1977)

"Guessing what’s on a lover’s mind might seem an easy task: a romantic infatuation, being in love – these common psychological states are familiar to most of us. However, if we look at love from a theoretical point of view, we might ask ourselves: if love is indeed so common, can one find a shared inner emotional language? Is there even such a thing as an emotional language? These are the questions that Roland Barthes addresses in his A Lover’s Discourse – a philosophical meditation at times bordering on fiction. The first-person narrative is split into short fragments, each focusing on an idea or an image that could emerge in a lover’s mind and develop into a fantasy. Barthes, however, does not aim to compile a full list of the thoughts that could spring to a lover’s mind. ..."
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