A Lovers Discourse

Excerpt from A Lovers Discourse

A Lovers Discourse by Roland Barthes consists of a peripatetic fragmentary writing which explores the ‘extreme solititude’ that is a lovers discourse evicted  by authoritative discourses, placed outside as it were, yet perhaps spoken by ‘thousands of subjects’. It is as Barthes explains a structural portrait of ‘someone speaking within himself, amorously, confronting the other [the loved object], who does not speak. Barthes takes us on a discursive journey, a performative utterance and structure of address to the other through absence, affirmation, waiting, circumscribing, contingencies, bodies, declaration, embrace, image, the unknowable, langour and silence. Continue reading