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Roland Barthes

Cherbourg 1915 - Paris 1980
French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician
Christine Larivière

Cherbourg-Octeville /  Roland Barthes   Cherbourg-Octeville /  Roland Barthes


Bronze statue of Barthes with a detailed head and an abstract crouching body.


Roland Gérard Barthes

Roland Barthes est né en 1915 à
Cherbourg. Ecrivain français, grande figure
de la sémiologie et du structuralisme, il a
exercé une influence majeure dans la
critique littéraire. Professeur au Collège de
France, il meurt à en 1980.

Sculpture de Christine Larivière 2011.


At the Esplanade de la Laïcité, inaugurated 6 December 2014, are five statues. An allegory of man in the heart of the city called Metamorphosis, and four portraits of personalities more or less from Cherbourg, linked to the city by their celebrity" Alexis de Tocqueville, Roland Barthes, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Jean-François Millet.

Cherbourg-Octeville - Roland Barthes


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Location (N 49°38'13" - W 1°37'21")

Item Code: frbn102; Photograph: 7 August 2015
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