Roland Barthes

1915 (Cherbourg, France) – 1980 (Paris)

Barthes let Perec sit in on his seminars, as a writer not a student, and later sent him his manuscripts for comment. Bataille was the first to publish Barthes; Camus also printed his essays in the journal ‘Combat.’ Kristeva was a doctoral student of his, and wrote an essay on him. He described Butor as an “epitome of structuralism”, launched a review ‘Arguments’ with Duvignaud, was drawn by his friend Klossowski, and wrote about his close friend Sollers. Foucault, another of his intimates, nominated him for an academic chair. He attended Benveniste’s seminars, greatly valuing his friendship and modesty.