Kathrin Yacavone Reading through Photography Roland Barthes's Last Seminar "Proust et la photographie" The posthumous publication of Roland Barthes's Collège de France lectures and seminars (delivered between 1977 and 1980) has triggered a new interest among scholars in Barthes's late oeuvre.1 His last seminar, however, entitled "Proust et la photographie"2--one Barthes never delivered owing to his fatal accident on the Rue des Écoles in early 19803--has to this point received surprisingly little scholarly attention.4 The seminar's subtitle, "Examen d'un fonds d'archives photographiques mal connu," is with hindsight ironically appropriate: although the photographs that Barthes refers to are much more widely known today, especially among Proust scholars (due in part to the 1978 exhibition of these images and the subsequently revised publication of the exhibition catalogue, "Le monde de Proust vu par Paul Nadar" edited by Anne-Marie Bernard),5 Barthes's text remains largely "mal connu." Published as an appendix to the last volume of the Cours et séminaires au Collège de France series (the 2003 La Préparation du roman), the bulk of "Proust et la photographie" consists of fragmentary notes. There is an introduction, however, in which Barthes lays out the concepts that he wishes to address during the course
French Forum – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 21, 2009
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