Little by precious little I’m working through Barthes’ S/Z, but I still need to go back a few pages, consult some notes I’ve made to understand the code system he’s working with, and it’s very slow going.

Barthes breaks down every phrase into its value as symbol, action, or signifier, etc., and meticulously dissects the story of Sarrasine by teaching the reader to become aware of the words themselves and how they connect within our mind and within the story.

It’s tough reading.

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