By Roland Barthes
A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 e-book, was once progressive: Roland Barthes made extraordinary use of the instruments of structuralism to discover the whimsical phenomenon of affection. wealthy with references starting from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover’s Discourse artfully attracts a portrait during which each reader will locate echoes of themselves.
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This Th is is then acted out as a play. The selling setting represents the inte interior rior of a cafe; we have a waiting. In the Prologue, the th e sole actor rendezvous, I am waiting. of the play (and with reason), reason) . I discern and indicate the delay;; this delay is as yet on only other's delay ly a mathematical, mathematical , computable comput able entity (I ( I look at my watch several scve ral times); the Prologue P rologue ends with a bbrainstorm rainstorm:: I decide to "take it badly," anxiety bad ly," I release the an xicty of waiting.
Enough that, that , in a flash, fla sh, I[ should see the other in the guise gu ise of an inert object, like a kind of stuffed doll, for me to shift sh ift my desire from this annulled object to my desire desi re itself; itse lf; it is my desire I desire, and the loved being is no more grea t mo re than its tool. I rejoice at the thought of such a great person whom II have cause, which leaves far behind it the person made into its pretext (at least this thi s is what II tell myself, happy to raise myself by lowering the other): II sacrifice the image to the Image-repertoire.
Fureur). language: Mme fo,l me de Sevigne ~vignc 1. X, who left for his vacation without I. wit hout me, me. has has shown no signs of life since his departure: departure : accident? acciden t? post-office strike? indifference? distancing maneuver? ma neuver? exercise of a passing pass ing impulse impu lse of autonomy (("His " His youth deafens him, him , he he fails to hear")? or simple innocence? I grow increasingly fai ls or increasingly anxious, pass through each act of the waiting-scenario.