Reading What Does Not Cease to Not Writing. A Lover’s Writing (by R. Barthes)
The article interprets the text of A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes from the position of structural psychoanalysis. The emphasis on the individual manifestations of the lover’s discourse of Barthes serves the task of extending a love discourse. To date, there are two types of the discourse of love — the poetic, in a broad sense, and the psychoanalytic. The author of the article remains on the side of psychoanalysis and discovers some structural displacements of the “love speech” that take it beyond the limits of the register of the Imaginary.
Simultaneously with the indicated displacement, the falling out of the discourse of love beyond the limits of conventional speech is noted. This fallout serves as a criterion of the most reliable way to say something about love. If a lover’s speech gets off, undergoes a stumbling block, breaks into fragments, then the psychoanalytic discourse gives an explanation for this failure prolonging the love speech at another level.