Barthe's essays contained in 'Mythologies' were written one each month for about two years, from 1954 to 1956 on topics suggested by current events as a reflection on some myths of French daily life and reflect the codings that command our daily life, from hair-styles in films through glossy photos of gourmet cooking to the cult of foam in detergents.
The study of signs and signals, the symbols, gestures and messages through which western society sustains, sells, identifies and yet obscures itself by painting or powdering over is torn away by Barthe as he demystifies the signs and symbols of the language of mass culture.
- Publication Date:
- 05 / 05 / 2000
- 128 x 198mm