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The first complete, authoritative English translation of Roland Barthes’ groundbreaking classic Mythologies, one of the most significant works in French theory

What is astrology? Fiction for the bourgeoisie. The Tour de France? An epic. The brain of Einstein? Knowledge reduced to a formula. Like iconic images of movie stars or the rhetoric of politicians, they are fabricated. Once isolated from the events that gave birth to them, these “mythologies” appear for what they are: the ideology of mass culture.

When Roland Barthes’ groundbreaking Mythologies first appeared in English in 1972, it was immediately recognized as one of the most significant works in French theory—yet nearly half of the essays from the original work were missing. This new edition of Mythologies is the first complete, authoritative English version of the French classic. It includes the brilliant “Astrology,” never published in English before.

Mythologies is a lesson in clairvoyance. In a new century where the virtual dominates social interactions and advertisement defines popular culture, it is more relevant than ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes’ progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him.”

    Edward W. Said, literary theorist, author of Orientalism

  • “John Lee provides superb narration…As a narrator, he is one of the most intriguing elements of this audiobook.”

    Publishers Weekly Audio Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Fure | 2/3/2014

    " I've been terrified of this book for years, and I've been wrong to be afraid. This is intuitive theory; easy to read, easy to understand - almost an articulation of thoughts you haven't quite fully formed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosie | 1/27/2014

    " Oh, my. Just read the part about soap/detergent. Such lucid tiny analyses of the particles of material stuff that make up our daily reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Sunderland | 1/19/2014

    " Barthes demonstrates the deconstruction of the cultural artifacts of everyday life, illustrating the way that power relationships are perpetuated in society. This is an important book, influential in all fields that have to do with communication and culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Corinne Wahlberg | 12/20/2013

    " A friend of mine bought this for my 22nd birthday. 3ish years later I finish. I love reading essays on pop culture, even if the culture is past. "

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Author Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes (1915–1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic. He influenced the development of a variety of schools of thought, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. His best-known works include Writing Degree Zero, The Pleasure of the Text, and Elements of Semiology.