Last semester, as part of my honors thesis seminar, I had to read a lot of Roland Barthes: Mythologies, S/Z, Camera Lucida. I am sorry to say that a lot of Barthes was simply lost on me. Unfortunately, my brain was unfit for his genius. Sometimes I speculated that he was a literary alien, speaking a different language than the one I was majoring in. I don’t think I wasn’t cut out for theory. However, the bits of Barthes that somehow managed to find their holds inside my brain have had a big influence on the way I view literature and life.
A very fascinating concept that I would like to introduce to you and attempt to explain by extensively borrowing Barthes’ words is the concept of readerly (French: lisible) and writerly (French: scriptible) texts, which appears in the opening sections of S/Z.
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