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Interdisciplinary Barthes

Diana Knight


The disciplinary range of Barthes’s work is unusually diverse, as is that of its reception. An energetic contributor to the human sciences in postwar France, Barthes is credited with a pivotal role in the emergence of interdisciplinarity. But Barthes was alert to its recuperation by the technocratic higher-education reforms of 1968, referring to ‘the myth of interdisciplinarity’. He was equally wary of a federation of disciplines that would leave each one comfortably unchanged, rather than overturning the intellectual landscape. A more fertile interdisciplinarity originates in Barthes’s intens ... More

Keywords: Roland Barthes, interdisciplinarity, human sciences

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266670
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Knight, editor
Emeritus Professor of French, University of Nottingham

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