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Rhetoric and Narrative, "Mythologies" notes

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Rhetoric and Narrative, "Mythologies" notes ENC 1143-0

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These notes cover the class discussion on Roland Barthes' "Mythologies".
Rhetoric and Narrative
Nicholas A. de Villiers
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rhetoric, narrative, english, Mythologies, Literature
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Ashley Pace 8/30/2016 Rhetoric and Narrative Notes – Mythologies, Barthes Initial Notes - Barthes references foods that are stereotypical to French society. Can be equated to “as American as apple pie. - Capitalizes words in order to establish as a concept (History, Culture, Art, Nature, etc.) - Subtle sarcasm - Probably would be labeled as a “whiny millennial” if published now; Similar to Vice news stories - Barthes wrote for a popular magazine – many points about mass culture are still relevant in today’s society - Was a “public intellectual” – wrote intelligently in popular media outlets - Barthes is not an objective resource – he has very particular beliefs and ideas, and intends to share them with readers. Semiology - The study of myth, symbols, and messages, and their use or interpretation - Barthes is a semiologist Aristocracy - Upper Class - Don’t usually have to work - People in control of government, big business, et cetera Bourgeois (Adj.), Bourgeoisie (Noun) - Upper middle class - One job’s wage is more than enough - Managers, factory owners - People in control of production - Overthrew the aristocracy Petit Bourgeoisie - Working class, middle class - One job with living wages - Culture of the masses - Shopkeepers - Employees Proletariat - Great amount of debt, work is a necessity - Multiple jobs with low wages - Working class - Conflict with Bourgeoisie Charlie Chaplain, The Poor & the Proletariat Ashley Pace 8/30/2016 Rhetoric and Narrative - The rich love to give to the poor, but will not help the Proletariat - The proletariat can carry out a labor strike, but the poor cannot help themselves - Chaplain is arrested because of his blindness to politics (looks like the ringleader of a protest, when he is really just trying to return a flag that fell off of a truck) False equivalency among classes - Everyone sees themselves as middle class, causes false sense of equality - Referenced in Blue Blood Cruise, Writer on Holiday mythologies - US Weekly – “Drew Barrymore drinks cheap beer just like normal people.” - Culture of mass media – tries to make general public relate to celebrities; they aren’t that different than us (Even though they are ironically being photographed by paparazzi for a magazine) - Why does the lower/middle class support Trump? - Credit cards perpetuate this illusion. - People can spend the same amount of money, but have varying amounts of debt. Inoculation (Operation Astra – margarine) Pg. 41 - “I can’t believe it’s not butter” - The French people were offended by the sale of margarine, solely because it wasn’t butter. - Basically, any movie about the military or football. - Mediocre army/ football team has to overcome hardships, learns to work together, and eventually becomes strong, blah, blah, blah. - Family shows where the family encounters a crisis and must overcome this crisis, order is restored. - Ex. Modern Family s Spectacular transgression - Wrestling vs. MMA - Marti Gras vs. Lent Blind &Dumb Criticism (Pg. 29) - Anti-intellectualism - Critics who don’t know what they are talking about - Suggests that a critic is too ignorant to grasp or understand a philosophical idea. (Existentialism, poetry, abstract art) - Creates pride in ignorance – people question artist rather than their own ignorance and inability to analyze. - “I don’t get it.”, “I don’t get it either.”, “This poet is an idiot.” - Barthes calls out critics – essentially “Why are you a critic if you do not understand what you are criticizing?” Marxism Ashley Pace 8/30/2016 Rhetoric and Narrative - The concept that people are uncomfortable with the class system, and the reasons why - Acknowledges the reasons why the general public cannot distinguish between the meanings of communism and socialism False populism Ideology - Culture masquerades as nature - Erasing history - “What you cannot not want” - Universalized values and desires are a product of culture, not a product of nature Stereotypes vs. Common Sense - What goes without saying - Things that are believed to be true of every member of any particular group. - “All lesbians have short hair and all gay men are feminine.” - “All women are bad at sports.” - ELLE is an example of popular culture where feminine stereotypes are promoted. (Without a husband and child, you are incomplete.) Sarcasm - Used throughout Mythologies to draw attention to issues in society and popular culture - Is sometimes difficult to sense in his writings, and may be interpreted as vulgarity, racism, and sexism. Semioclasm Semiology The Lost Continent (184) Neither-nor Criticism (161) Electoral Photogene (181) The Great Family of Man (196) - “The great human community” is a myth according to Barthes - People speak different languages (varying babel) - Essentially, everyone is too different to form one large community - Birth, death, and life are the only truly universal aspects of people - We vary in race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, creed, ideology, wealth, mentality, intelligence, health, et cetera. - Life in a Day - YouTube movie that attempts to portray society from a “God’s- eye view” with a large community aspect Strip Tease Ashley Pace 8/30/2016 Rhetoric and Narrative - Not as scandalous as it seems to be - Inoculation (saving the public with a little bit of evil) – Astra operation - Seems shocking, but really isn’t that shocking - Meant to desexualize a woman while she is undressing, which is ironic - In Open your Heart, Madonna only takes of her wig and gloves during the strip tease - Stripping and wrestling are very similar (Costumes, very ritualized) - Plays on the innocence and submissiveness of women


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