The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France, 1978-1979 and 1979-1980

Sampul Depan
Columbia University Press, 2011 - 476 halaman
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Completed just weeks before his death, the lectures in this volume mark a critical juncture in the career of Roland Barthes, in which he declared the intention, deeply felt, to write a novel. Unfolding over the course of two years, Barthes engaged in a unique pedagogical experiment: he combined teaching and writing to "simulate" the trial of novel-writing, exploring every step of the creative process along the way.

Barthes's lectures move from the desire to write to the actual decision making, planning, and material act of producing a novel. He meets the difficulty of transitioning from short, concise notations (exemplified by his favorite literary form, haiku) to longer, uninterrupted flows of narrative, and he encounters a number of setbacks. Barthes takes solace in a diverse group of writers, including Dante, whose La Vita Nuova was similarly inspired by the death of a loved one, and he turns to classical philosophy, Taoism, and the works of Fran ois-Ren Chateaubriand, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust.

This book uniquely includes eight elliptical plans for Barthes's unwritten novel, which he titled Vita Nova, and lecture notes that sketch the critic's views on photography. Following on The Neutral: Lecture Course at the Coll ge de France (1977-1978) and a third forthcoming collection of Barthes lectures, this volume provides an intensely personal account of the labor and love of writing.

 

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SESSION OF JANUARY 201979
35
SESSION OF FEBRUARY 31979
55
SESSION OF FEBRUARY 17 1979
67
SESSION OF MARCH 31979
88
THE METAPHOR OF THE LABYRINTH
111
Fields of Presence of the Metaphor
117
SESSION OF DECEMBER 1 1979
127
SESSION OF DECEMBER 15 1979
157
SESSION OF JANUARY 261980
225
SESSION OF FEBRUARY 21980
240
SESSION OF FEBRUARY 231980
289
To End the Course
298
PROUST AND PHOTOGRAPHY
305
Summaries
377
Transcription of Vita Nova
397
Bibliography
457

Parabase Method Narrative
167
SESSION OF JANUARY 51980
174
SESSION OF JANUARY 19 1980
205

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A group of us go in two cars to the Waterfall (a pretty little valley on the way to Rabat). The same, uninterrupted sadness, a kind of listlessness that (since a recent bereavement) bears upon everything I do, everything I think. Return, an empty apartment, a difficult time: the afternoon (I'll speak of it again). Alone, sad? Marinade. I reflect with enough intensity. The beginnings of an idea: something like a "literary" conversion - it's those two very old words that occur to me: to enter into literature, into writing; to write, as if I'd never written before: to do only that.

Will I really write a novel? I'll answer this and only this. I'll proceed as if I were going to write one.

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