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How to Live Together

Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces

Roland Barthes; Translated by Kate Briggs

In The Preparation of the Novel, a collection of lectures delivered at a defining moment in Roland Barthes's career (and completed just weeks before his death), the critic spoke of his struggle to discover a different way of writing and a new approach to life. The Neutral preceded this work, containing Barthes's challenge to the classic oppositions of Western thought and his effort to establish new pathways of meaning. How to Live Together predates both of these achievements, a series of lectures exploring solitude and the degree of contact necessary for individuals to exist and create at their own pace. A distinct project that sets the tone for his subsequent lectures, How to Live Together is a key introduction to Barthes's pedagogical methods and critical worldview.

In this work, Barthes focuses on the concept of "idiorrhythmy," a productive form of living together in which one recognizes and respects the individual rhythms of the other. He explores this phenomenon through five texts that represent different living spaces and their associated ways of life: Émile Zola's Pot-Bouille, set in a Parisian apartment building; Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, which takes place in a sanatorium; André Gide's La Séquestrée de Poitiers, based on the true story of a woman confined to her bedroom; Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, about a castaway on a remote island; and Pallidius's Lausiac History, detailing the ascetic lives of the desert fathers.

As with his previous lecture books, How to Live Together exemplifies Barthes's singular approach to teaching, in which he invites his audience to investigate with him--or for him--and wholly incorporates his listeners into his discoveries. Rich with playful observations and suggestive prose, How to Live Together orients English-speaking readers to the full power of Barthes's intellectual adventures.

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).

This is Roland Barthes at his inventive and idiosyncratic best: a brilliant and suggestive reader, both of literary texts and the social, psychic, and affective spaces of everyday life.

Diana Knight, University of Nottingham

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).

Foreword
Preface
Translator's Preface
Session of January 12
INTRODUCTION
Method? (Method. Culture) -- Fantasy -- My fantasy: idiorrhythmy -- Monarchism
Session of January 19
INTRODUCTION (continued)
Works -- Greek network -- Traits
AKÈDIA / AKEDIA
Session of January 26
ANACHÔRÈSIS / ANACHORESIS
Historically -- Metaphorically
ANIMAUX / ANIMALS
1. Robinson Crusoe (Phases. History) -- 2. Anachorites
ATHOS / ATHOS
History -- Space
Session of February 2
ATHOS / ATHOS (continued)
Way of Life -- Ownership -- Power
AUTARCHIE / AUTARKY
BANC / SCHOOL
BGUINAGES / BEGUINAGES
History -- Space -- Way of Life -- Socio-Economics -- Power -- Conclusion
Session of February 9
BUREAUCRATIE / BUREAUCRACY
CAUSE / CAUSE
Christianity -- Other sorts of Telos -- Bion -- Homeostasis
CHAMBRE / ROOM
1. The total space
Session of February 16
CHAMBRE / ROOM (continued)
2. The room becomes isolated within the house -- 3. The room loses its association with the couple ? Cella -- The Magnificenza
CHEF / CHIEF
Session of March 2
CLÔTURE / ENCLOSURE
Functions (Protection. Definition) -- Extreme-experience
COLONIE D'ANACHORÈTES / COLONY OF ANACHORITES
1. Qumran sect -- 2. Monks of Nitria -- 3. Carthusians -- 4. The Solitaires of Port-Royal
Session of March 9
COUPLAGE / PAIRING
1. Principle of pairing -- 2. Two examples of strong pairing (Lausaic History
DISTANCE / DISTANCE
DOMESTIQUES / SERVANTS
1. Need = Desire -- 2. Need ? Desire
Session of March 16
COUTE / HEARING
Territory and hearing -- Repression and hearing
PONGE / SPONGE
VNEMENT / EVENT
FLEURS / FLOWERS
IDYLLIQUE / IDYLL
Session of March 23
MARGINALITS / MARGINALITIES
First margin: coenobitism -- Second margin: idiorrhythmy
MONÔSIS / MONOSIS
One / Two -- The desire for Two -- In praise of One
NOMS / NAMES
Nicknames
Session of March 30
NOMS / NAMES (continued)
Caritatism -- No Name
NOURRITURE / FOOD
1. Rhythms -- 2. The foods themselves (the divisions of the forbidden: what's forbidden / what's tolerated). The connotations of food
Session of April 20
PROXMIE / PROXEMICS
The notion -- The lamp -- The bed
RECTANGLE / RECTANGLE
Civilization of the rectangle -- The frame -- Subversions?
RÈGLE / RULE
Regula -- Territory -- Rule and Custom -- Rule and Law
Session of April 27
SALET / DIRTINESS
Noteworthy -- Meaning -- Tact
XNITIA / XENITIA
Semantic network -- False image -- Dereality -- Conclusion
Session of May 4
UTOPIE / UTOPIA
BUT WHAT ABOUT METHOD?
1. Traits. Figures. Boxes -- 2. Classification -- 3. Digression -- 4. Opening a dossier -- 5. The supporting-text
WHAT IS IT TO HOLD FORTH?
RESEARCH ON INVESTED SPEECH
Seminar
Session of January 12
HOLDING FORTH
"So
Session of March 23
CHARLUS-DISCOURSE
1. Kinetics -- 2. Triggers
Session of March 30
CHARLUS-DISCOURSE (continued)
3. Allocutionary authority (Andromache. Charlus-Discourse) -- 4. Forces ("Psychology." "Psychoanalysis." Intensities) -- To take my leave and fix a new appointment
SUMMARY
NOTES
GLOSSARY OF GREEK TERMS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX NOMINUM
INDEX RERUM

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).

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About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).

About the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician whose work has been central to the delineation and development of numerous schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology, and post-structuralism. His books include The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the Collège de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980); The Neutral: Lecture Course at the College de France (1977-1978); Mythologies; S/Z; A Lover's Discourse; and Camera Lucida.

Kate Briggs is the translator of Roland Barthes's The Preparation of the Novel: Lecture Courses and Seminars at the College de France (1978-1979 and 1979-1980).