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Linnell Secomb

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623679

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623679.001.0001

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Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses

Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses

(p.110) 7 Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses
Philosophy and Love

Linnell Secomb

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter turns to the work of Roland Barthes, outlining his theories of textual interpretation — his theories of myth and code — as a basis for understanding his reflections on lover's discourses. It also determines the transitions and continuities between structuralism and its ‘post’, utilising three Barthesian texts: Mythologies, S/Z and A Lover's Discourse. Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail uses multiple discourses that may be explored via Barthes' articulation of the mythologies and codes of the text. Barthes' ‘Myth Today’ enables a reading beyond the explicit meaning or narrative level revealing a meta-language or meta-narrative hidden in both the filmic and the theoretical texts. While in S/Z, Barthes shows the intertextuality of texts, in A Lover's Discourse, he enacts (rather than explaining) this inter-textuality. The latter is a reflection of the obsessions and anxieties of love which attempts an impossible transgression.

Keywords:   lover's discourses, Roland Barthes, myth, code, Mythologies, S/Z, A Lover's Discourse, You've Got Mail, love

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