好久不见

This post is dedicated to my fiancée, Shi, from whom I’ve been away from for far too long and won’t be seeing again until October, this absence proving far more difficult to handle than I expected.

So, in my Chinese lesson today, I learned how to say “long time no see” which seemed appropriate to our situation, so here it is:

好久不见

我爱你 诗 xxxxxx

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Writing as value

I’ve now finished reading the selection of Roland Barthes’ essays published under the title Image, Music, Text. From these I can see how Barthes’ writings straddled both Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, in that they very strongly reveal systems at play in texts, while adding a definite historical context and contingency to those readings.

There were a couple of things which interested me that I’d like to write about. First I wanted to take a quick look at the last text in the book: Writers, Intellectuals, Teachers (Barthes, 1971, pp. 190–215), in which he lays out the distinct roles that these take in relation to the social production and activity of the Text.

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