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These late essays of Roland Barthes's are concerned with the visible and the audible, and here the preoccupations are particularly intense and rewarding, in part because Barthes was himself, by predilection, an artist and a musician, and in part because he was of two minds about the very possibility of attaching to art and to music a written text, a criticism.


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These late essays of Roland Barthes's are concerned with the visible and the audible, and here the preoccupations are particularly intense and rewarding, in part because Barthes was himself, by predilection, an artist and a musician, and in part because he was of two minds about the very possibility of attaching to art and to music a written text, a criticism.

30 review for The Responsibility of Forms: Critical Essays on Music, Art, and Representation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meike

    Chapter "Rhetoric of the Image" read for that fun webinar on literature and media.

  2. 5 out of 5

    St-Loup

    Barthes can be truly amazing when he succeds in putting words on barely noticed sensations (like those that art can create). I cannot say I understood everything (the difference between the "phéno-chant" and the "géno-chant"? Sorry dude - sometimes I wonder whether French is truly my mother tongue), but I truly enjoyed a great part of what I understood. And his style is superb (mostly when he writes about the body). ("Ecoutez une basse russe [...] : quelque chose qui est directement le corps du Barthes can be truly amazing when he succeds in putting words on barely noticed sensations (like those that art can create). I cannot say I understood everything (the difference between the "phéno-chant" and the "géno-chant"? Sorry dude - sometimes I wonder whether French is truly my mother tongue), but I truly enjoyed a great part of what I understood. And his style is superb (mostly when he writes about the body). ("Ecoutez une basse russe [...] : quelque chose qui est directement le corps du chantre, amené d'un même mouvement, à votre oreille, du fond des cavernes, des muscles, des muqueuses, des cartilages, et du fond de la langue slave, comme si une même peau tapissait la chair intérieure de l'exécutant et la musique qu'il chante.") My favourite essays are those on Cy Twombly (to me, some of the best thoughts ever written on that painter), Arcimboldo, Erté and Wilhelm von Gloeden.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fatemeh Eftekhari

    برای فهم رولان بارت شروع خوبی بود! اگر البته انتهاش فهمی در کار باشه:))

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    What makes Barthes great—among many, many things—is his willingness and ability to allow rational thought to break down into ambiguity during moments that can’t be quantified, verbalized. This is when Barthes truly shines, as he always manages to pull out a thread of insight—analytical, visceral, or otherwise—that significantly illuminates the issue at hand. It is no wonder, then, why he turned to music at the end of his life, as the abstractness and visceral nature of music requires the critic What makes Barthes great—among many, many things—is his willingness and ability to allow rational thought to break down into ambiguity during moments that can’t be quantified, verbalized. This is when Barthes truly shines, as he always manages to pull out a thread of insight—analytical, visceral, or otherwise—that significantly illuminates the issue at hand. It is no wonder, then, why he turned to music at the end of his life, as the abstractness and visceral nature of music requires the critic to be at home with ambiguity and that which can’t always be clearly captured with words.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kourosh Ghaniyoun

    بارت با خودش حرف مي زند، اما انتزاع اش قابل فهم است. گاهي نيز به زمزمه ميپردازد و خواننده را گنگ باقي مي گذارد كه "كجاي مطلب را نفهميدم كه اين چنين به بن بست خورده ام؟" سخن بارت را دوست دارم؛ وقتي تحليل ميكند، خواندني است و عجيب است كه سخن فلسفي، كششي تا اين حد زياد داشته باشد. اما از نتيجه گيري هاي ناگهاني اش بيزارم، مثل وقتي كه از "امر فيلمي" حرف مي زند و آن را در يك "نما"ي واحد مي يابد.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nima ُShoa

    نمیدونم ولی وقتی بعد از کلی زور زدن، کتاب رو تموم کردم. به جای اینکه خودِ کتاب درگیرم کنه، فکرم درگیر ترجمه بود! واژگان تخصصی یه طرف، ولی این چیزی که اینجا اتفاق میوفته خودش نیاز به ترجمه داره. ترجمه پر بود از کلمات غیر کاربردی و جملاتی با پیچیدگی زیاد و بیهوده، جوری که واقعا آدم رو دلزده میکنه.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This is the best review of this book I've found online. http://www.elhablador.com/resena8_3.htm. It explains in words I wish I'd have written why I think this is one of the very best books I've read recently. Note: it is in spanish but I am sure you can find some way to translate it. This is the best review of this book I've found online. http://www.elhablador.com/resena8_3.htm. It explains in words I wish I'd have written why I think this is one of the very best books I've read recently. Note: it is in spanish but I am sure you can find some way to translate it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ebrahim Geranpayeh

    فکر می‌کنم قبلش باید مبانی نشانه شناسی می‌خوندم و بعد میومدم سراغ این. متنش یه خورده دشوار بود که شاید از ترجمه به نسبت ضعیف هم باشه. با این همه در کل خیلی خوب بود و نحوه برخورد ذهن با تصویر رو به خوبی توضیح می‌ده.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ali E9

    من با متنی گنگ مواجه هستم که با شناختی که از نویسنده دارم تکلفگرای مترجم را می رساند

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    some really great essays on the relationships between drawing, writing, music, and interpretation. includes grain of the voice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    A listening that speaks......

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anja Lazarevic

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bri

  14. 5 out of 5

    L

  15. 5 out of 5

    Agus

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melody Puller

  19. 4 out of 5

    Litradio

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jarek Esquela

  21. 5 out of 5

    Güis Guerrero-Enterría

  22. 4 out of 5

    nasrin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elham Habibiyan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Staples

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wolfe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Afsoon Jafari

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