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Eric R. J. Hayot - professor of comparative literature and Asian studies, Penn State University Park

Book Title: S/Z

Author: Roland Barthes

Book Description:

I read S/Z for this first time as a college senior. The sophistication and intensity of Barthes' thought and his prose, the sheer commitment to the working through of a difficult and almost absurdly ambitious idea, remains a model for me of the combination of joy, violence, beauty, and determination that are required to write good literary criticism.

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