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Demystification, A Dialogue Between Barthes and Lefebvre

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Demystification: A Dialogue between Barthes and LefebvreAuthor(s): Michael KellyReviewed work(s):Source:
Yale French Studies,
No. 98, The French Fifties (2000), pp. 79-97Published by:
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MICHAEL KELLY
Demystification: DialogueBetweenBarthes ndLefebvre
Mystificationas a ubiquitousmotifn France uring he1 50s. twas commonurrencynthepoliticalpolemics of the time, nd it alsoplayednmportantolenthe mergence f ultural riticism.npar-ticular,tformed pointfconvergence etweenRolandBarthes ndHenriLefebvre,woofhemost nfluential renchwritersnthis ra-dition.othdevelopedsustained ritical eflectionn thedomainfeverydayife, rawingnthe resourcesfiterary riticism, hiloso-phy,nd socialtheory.uttheyrerarelyiscussedogether. yex-aminingheirpproacheso thequestionofmystification,ndthelinksbetweenhem,t willbecome lear hat hedeas ofBarthesndLefebvreeredevelopedndialogue nd,orperiodteast, onverged ina commonroject.Therelationship etweenBarthesndLefebvresacknowledgedfleetinglynsome of hebroaderurveysfntellectualmovements ftheperiod.MarkPoster,nhiswiderangingxistentialMarxism,otesthat,sanearlyditorfthereviewArguments,arthes ad connec-tionswithvarious urrents fndependent arxism,nd thathis useoftructuralismoanalyze verydayifewas akinto that fLefebvre.He alsosurmiseshatBarthes'sMythologies robablynfluenced e-febvre.'KristinRoss,nFastCars,CleanBodies,draws n the con-tributionfbothwriters o theanalysisfeverydayife,ut does notexploreheir ntellectual ffinities.2ve TavorBannet,discussingBarthes nd othermajor tructuralists,cknowledgeshatheyrenvariouswaysndebtedotheworkfarly eft-wingritics fmodern
1. MarkPoster, xistentialMarxismn Postwar rance. rom artre oAlthusser(Princeton:rinceton niversityress,975),13.2. Kristin oss, Fast Cars, CleanBodies: Decolonization nd the ReorderingfFrench ulture Cambridge, ass.: MITPress,995).YFS 98, TheFrench ifties,d.SusanWeiner, 2000byYale University.
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80Yale Frenchtudiessociety,ike Lefebvre.3his debt an be tracedntheirerceptionsfsociety,fthefunctioningfthe symbolic rder, nd ofthesubject'splacewithinhem.However,ndiscussing arthes he emphasizes isperceptionhatMarxismhas failed. he also alludestoLefebvre'sri-tiqueofstructuralism, hich sgenerallyhe contextnwhich Le-febvresmentionedn studies fBarthes.4 therwise, efebvrearelyfeaturesndiscussions fBarthes,rBarthesndiscussions fLefebvre.Their ntellectualootprintso not usuallyoverlap, nd thedialogue between hemhasargelyoneunnoticed.tsthepurposef his rti-cle toreconstructt.There ssomebiographicalvidence hatBarthes ndLefebvre ere friendsndneighbors.5nd lthough hefocus f his tudy sthe on-ceptual xchange etweenhem,tspertinentodentifybiograph-ical dimension,n order oset a moreconcrete istorical ontext ortheir ntellectualelationship.efebvre as fourteenearslder han Barthes,ut he womenknew achotherwellfrom heate1940s,ndbyall accountsecamefriends.mongtherhings heyhared om-monrootsn theSouth-WestfFrance,nthePyreneeshereefebvrewas born nd Barthespenthischildhood,nd where othofheme-turnedegularly,ftenisitingach otherntheirespectiveamilyhomes.6heywerebothtudents t theprestigiousaris
ycee
Louis-le-Grand,lbeit generationpart.7herewere imilaritiesntheir a-reerrajectories,ncluding he experience fprecariousmployment,and bothbecameacademicociologists, houghwithoutosingheir
3. Eve Tavor Bannet, Structuralism nd the Logic ofDissent: Barthes,Derrida, Fou-
cault,LacanLondon:Macmillan,989),33.4. Seefor xample:Rick Rylande, oland Barthes Hemel Hempstead:HarvesterWheatsheaf,994),5;Annetteavers,olandBarthes, tructuralismndAfterLondon: Methuen,982),21.5. Theprincipal iographicalources sed n the ollowingiscussion re:Jean-Louis Calvet,Roland Barthes 915-1980 Paris:Flammarion,990),vailablenEnglish sRoland Barthes:ABiography,rans. arahWykes Bloomington:ndianaUniversityPress,1995);and R6miHess, HenriLefebvre t l'aventure u
siecle
(Paris:M6tailie,1988).There s also an informativentry n Lefebvren the Maitron":Nicole Racine, "Lefebvre, enri,rangois,"n Dictionnaire iographique u mouvement uvrierfran-
Sais.
LeMaitron, D-ROM (Paris: ditions e 'Atelier,997).nCalvet,here re twoanecdotal eferencesoLefebvre,hereisnamesmisspelledsLefevre.essofferssmallnumber f necdotal eferenceso Barthes.6. Lefebvre as bornn1901nHagetmaun theLandes;Barthes asborn n1915,andpentmostfhischildhoodnBayonne. efebvreubsequentlyook housefurthersouthnNavarrenx, hileBarthes'smother ook housenHendaye ndatermoved oUrt.All of heselacesrewithinradiusf 0 miles n the outh-Westorner f rance.7. Lefebvretudied t Louis-le-Grandirca1914-17,Barthes tudied here 930-34 (Hess, 1-25; Calvet,0-51).

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