In 1977, Professor Roland Barthes released his book ‘A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments’. Over 200 pages long, this text is dense, lengthy, and at times incoherent. Therefore, an article deconstructing and analysing this text would be an insightful read. What is Barthes trying to say? How does he say it? Are his ideas accepted and approved of, or disagreed with?
One point he seems to be making is that our own experiences of love are dictated to us by the discourse of love within our culture. It is through this language that our expectations of what love should feel like are formed.
Therefore, after breaking down Barthes’ text and some key fragments/ideas, this article could look into examples of popular culture and how they have influenced modern ideas of love. The romance genre in film, tv, literature, and even music are prevalent. Everything from Shakespeare’s plays to Romantic Comedies to Disney movies.
If, indeed, you deduce other claims worth discussing in the text, find popular or contemporary examples to suit that also!