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Mythologies of Late: Thoughts and Afterthoughts of an Observer

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Mythologies of Late: Thoughts and Afterthoughts of an Observer

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84 pagine
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Pubblicato:
May 31, 2019
ISBN:
9789948374329
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The word ‘life’ conjures the ordinary and the ordinary are experiences common to all humans except that their routineness, their repetition, their commonality make them invisible in the busy-ness of loaded days. This book tries to make them visible again. Human experiences are varied and many; the few in this book stand for all that are not in it. Mythologies of Late is tell-tales of the extraordinary in the ordinary, a mirror onto societies of people and places for re-cognition, aimed at returning readers into ideas of themselves, giving them the joy of owning their familiarity and, I hope, their meaning. "Words are but the images of matter. To fall in love with them is to fall in love with a picture."  - Francis Bacon-
Pubblicato:
May 31, 2019
ISBN:
9789948374329
Formato:
Libro

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Allan Nanva is an academic living in Sydney. With background in Samuel Beckett’s work, he has turned to specializing in Semiotics and Structuralism. His book Mythologies of Late is in homage to one of the major thinkers of the 20th century, Roland Barthes, for whose work he has great fondness.

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About the Author

Allan Nanva is an academic living in Sydney. With background in Samuel Beckett’s work, he has turned to specializing in Semiotics and Structuralism. His book Mythologies of Late is in homage to one of the major thinkers of the 20th century, Roland Barthes, for whose work he has great fondness.

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The word ‘life’ conjures the ordinary and the ordinary are experiences common to all humans except that their routineness, their repetition, their commonality make them invisible in the busy-ness of loaded days. This book tries to make them visible again. Human experiences are varied and many; the few in this book stand for all that are not in it. Mythologies of Late is tell-tales of the extraordinary in the ordinary, a mirror onto societies of people and places for re-cognition, aimed at returning readers into ideas of themselves, giving them the joy of owning their familiarity and, I hope, their meaning.

Words are but the images of matter. To fall in love with them is to fall in love with a picture.  - Francis Bacon-

Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.

— Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

Dedication

To late Professor Colin MacLaurin of Sydney University whose memory I will always hold dear.

To Mr. Axel Kruse of Sydney University who introduced me to Semiotics.

To Professor Don Gallagher of James Cook University who helped me when I needed it the most.

To the memory of Professor Elizabeth Perkins of James Cook University, a friend who left us too soon.

To all those who have helped me along the way to here.

Copyright Information

Copyright © Allan Nanva (2019)

The right of Allan Nanva to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with Federal Law No. (7) of UAE, Year 2002, Concerning Copyrights and Neighboring Rights.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers.

Any person who commits any unauthorized act in relation to this publication may be liable to legal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

ISBN 978-9948-37-433-6 (Paperback)

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Age Classification: 17+

The age group that matches the content of the books has been classified according to the age classification system issued by the National Media Council.

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Acknowledgement

I acknowledge my debt to all whose ideas have enriched my thoughts over forty years of reading. If there is anything in the book that is not accurately referenced, I offer my deepest apologies and seek forgiveness.

To the Reader

I must hasten to tell you what this book is and what it is not.

It is primarily a book in homage to a thinker whom I admire – Roland Barthes (1915–1980).

And it is not a book for a bookshelf, I hope. It is a book to lie around anywhere, handy for that brief moment of opening it to any page, picking one piece (or two or more pieces) of it that teases, pleases you, and leave it there for another time or another person and, hopefully, walk away with an impression, maybe even an inspiration.

The book is a collection of personal observations – tonal, sometimes poetic pieces, each signifying its own message, not overshadowed by another more or less forceful image.

If I may say so with great humility, these are bites of philosophy, sociology and nibbles of psychology but above all, they are the daily-life thoughts and afterthoughts to help you step into dreams of your own.

I do acknowledge my true debt to many scattered sources that I have had the opportunity of reading randomly over decades and receiving inspiration from them. If an acknowledgement falls short of the sources being accurately referenced due the passage of time, I apologize and ask their authorial forgiveness.

Allan Nanva

Introduction

Semiotics is meaning making, picture thinking.

Why Homage to Barthes?

I heard Roland Barthes’ name in the 1970s, as a young PhD student, in a bookshop near the university. I was there browsing books on Samuel Beckett’s drama, my research topic, when the person next to me, also browsing books, mentioned Barthes and recommended three of his books – Mythologies, Writing Degree Zero and Image-Music-Text, which I bought and read, followed by whatever else I could find by Barthes and about Barthes. This happened not too long before Barthes was hit by a laundry truck and killed in Paris in 1980.

Barthes fascinates me.

In a way, he came naturally to me because of my familiarity with Beckett and the Absurd Movement.

I like Barthes, and draw inspiration from him; still.

Barthes writes his reflections on daily life; the chaos that it is. Jonathan Culler calls him a man of parts, engaged in a range of valuable general enterprises that may not have a common denominator¹; a writer whose writing is too playful to authorize a definite conclusion

Culler does acknowledge, however, that this is what makes Barthes ‘stimulating’ as Barthes does not necessarily write on anything in particular but on everything: culture, politics, fashion, literature, history, advertisement, food, nature. I like Barthes because he reduces the distance between what is and what is intelligible to us, what is real and what we think is real. He wants us to try and see the strangeness in what is familiar, the extraordinary that exists in the ordinary, in order to challenge intelligibility.

Let me give a simple, often referred to, example to show what is meant by challenging intelligibility – an anecdote from Barthes’ Mythologies (1957):

While waiting for a haircut at the barber’s,

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