By Roland Barthes
A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 e-book, was once progressive: Roland Barthes made exceptional use of the instruments of structuralism to discover the whimsical phenomenon of affection. wealthy with references starting from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover’s Discourse artfully attracts a portrait during which each reader will locate echoes of themselves.
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Can Ca n one of the most unimaginable unimaginable ininmate of Dachau? su lts of History Histo ry be compared with a trivial, trivial, childish, childish , sults sophisticated . obscure obsc ure incident occurring occu rring to to aa comfortable sophisticated, is merely me rely the victim victi m of his hi s own Image-reperImage-repe rsubject who is toi re? Yet Ycl these two IWO situations have this in in common: common: they Ihey toire? are, literally, literally. panic situations si tuations:: situations silll(lt ions without remainder, without return return:: I have projected myself myself into into the other with such suc h power that Iha l when I am without the the other other II cannot recover myself, myself, regain regai n myself myself:: I am lost, lost, forever.
Oh , ifif she (he) (he) "He " Oh, he re, so that II could reproach reproach her (him) (him) for fo r not not could be here, here! ) anxiety anxie ty in in being here! attain to the pure state Sla le:: the anxiety of abandonment; ilbandonment ; I1 have ha ve just just shifted in a second from absence to death; the the other is is as as if dead dead:: explosion of grief: I am internally inte rnally livid. livid. That TIml is is the play; play: it can be shortened short ened by by the Ihe other's other's arrival; ifif the the other arrives in Act I, the greeting is calm; cal m; if if the other arrives in Act 11, there is a "scene"; "sce ne" ; if in Act II, 11.
Subject, once he survives anothe another's Symposium other, but without 3. So I shall suffer with the other. olt/ prespres· losing myself. sure, without losi ng mysel f. Such behavior, at once very affective and very controlled, very amorous and very name: delicacy: in a sense it is the civilized, can be given a nam e: delicacy: "healthy" (artistic) "heal thy" (art istic) form of compassion. (Ate (A te is the delicacy: goddess of madness, mad ness, but Plato speaks of Ate's del icacy: her foot is winged, it touches lightly.
A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes