In the final stages of his career, Roland Barthes abandoned his long-standing suspicion of photographic representation to write Camera Lucida, at once an elegy to his dead mother and a treatise on photography. In Writing the Image After Roland Barthes, Jean-Michel Rabaté and nineteen contributors examine the import of Barthes's shifting positions on photography and visual representation and the impact of his work on current developments in cultural studies and theories of the media and popular culture.
"An extensive volume of Barthes's work on film, photography, and visual culture has been overdue. Jean-Michel Rabaté has chosen an apt moment to fill this gap."—Gabriele Schwab, University of California, Irvine
"A valuable, exciting, and welcome addition to the commentary in English on Roland Barthes."—Michael Groden, University of Western Ontario