The Time of/for Roland Barthes
The article represents an extended preface to the thematic volume of Topos dedicated to the contemporary readings of the works by famous French theorist Roland Barthes, whose centenary was celebrated in 2015. Using this occasion for expressing our attitude to Roland Barthes in a ‘ref- erence-reverence’ modality, we propose to re ect on what role his ideas have played and continue to play in the intellectual history of post-Sovi- et humanities. Contextualizing the history of translation of his works into Russian and the reception of his ideas in the post-Socialist countries, we propose to rethink the question of Barthes’s contemporaneity and actuality in the interdisciplinary perspective.
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