Intertext(s)

What follows is not a bibliography on the “Neutral,” even if such a bibliography were conceivable, considering the fact that the notion crosses many disciplines (grammar logic, philosophy, painting, international law, etc.). It is nothing more than a list of the texts whose reading, in various ways, has punctuated the preparation of this course.  – Roland Barthes

At the first session of his lecture course on the Neutral, Barthes distributed an ‘Intertext’: a mere list of books, some of which he refers to, others not. Being more ‘open-architecture’ than a bibliography, he notes, ‘the listing of these inflections was made by means of a body of works that couldn’t be exhaustive’. In the same spirit, I list here a series of key texts. Some of these I have looked at at length, savoured even. Others, I have barely had time to get past the allure of the front cover. All of them, however, represent some aspect of my/the ‘Desire for Neutral’:

ATTRIDGE (Derek)
The Singularity of Literature, London, Routledge, 2004.

BARTHES
Writing Degree Zero, trans. by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith, New York, Hill and Wang, 1967.
– Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, trans. by Richard Howard, New York, Hill and Wang, 1981.
The Neutral: Lecture Course at the Collège de France (1977-1978), trans. by Rosalind E. Krauss and Denis Hollier, New York,Columbia University Press, 2005.
– Batchen (Geoffrey), Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Cambridge, MA., MIT Press, 2009.
See also: Audio of lecture courses at the Collège de France

BASHŌ
The Complete Haiku, trans. by Jane Reichhold, Tokyo, Kodansha International, 2008.

BATAILLE
Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939, ed. and trans. by Allan Stoekl, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, 1985.

BOIS (Yve-Alain) and KRAUSS (Rosalind E.)
Formless: A User’s Guide, New York, Zone Book, 1997.

CAGE (John)
– Kostelanetz (Richard), John Cage (ex)plain(ed), New York, Schirmer Books, 1996.

GELLNER (Ernest)
Language and Solitude: Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma, Cambridge, University of Cambridge Press, 1998.

KAPLAN (Robert)
The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero, Penguin Books, 1999.

KITARŌ (Nishida)
– Heisig (James), Philosophpers of Nothingness: An Essay on the Kyoto School, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 2001.
– Yusa (Michiko), Zen and Philosophy: An Intellectual Biography of Nishida Kitarō, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 2002.

KRISTEVA
Revolution in Poetic Language, trans. by Margaret Walker, New York, Columbia University Press, 1984.

LAOZI
Tao Te Ching / Lao-Tzu, trans. by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo, Indianapolis, Hackett Pub. Company, 1993.

LOMAX (Yve)
Sounding the Event: Escapades in Dialogues and Matters of Art, Nature and Time, London, I.B. Tauris, 2005.

MAITLAND (Sara)
A Book of Silence, London, Granta, 2008.

MARKER (Chris)
– Lupton (Catherine), Chris Marker: Memories of the Future, London, Reaktion Books, 2005.

MARRA (Michele)
Modern Japanese Aesthetics: A Reader, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 2002.

MAUSS
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies, trans. by W.D. Halls, New York, W.W.Norton, 1990.

MOORE (Henrietta)
A Passion for Difference: Essays in Anthropology and Gender, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1994.

OKAKURA
The Book of Tea, Tokyo, Kodansha International, 1998.

PETERS (Gary)
The Philosophy of Improvisation, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

POTTER (Sally)
– Mayer (Sophie), The Cinema of Sally Potter, London, Wallflower Press, 2009.

ROBBE-GRILLET
For a New Novel, trans. by Richard Howard, Northwestern University Press, 1989.

RUTHERFORD (Jonathan)
After Identity, London, Lawrence and Wishart, 2007.

SERRES
Genesis, trans. by Geneviève James and James Nielson, University of Michigan Press, 1995.

SOLLERS
Event, trans. by Bruce Benderson and Ursule Molinaro, New York, Red Dust, 1986.

STAMBAUGH (Joan)
The Formless Self, New York, State University of New York Press, 1999.

SUZUKI
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, ed. by Christmas Humphreys, London, Random House, 1991.

TANIZAKI
In Praise of Shadows, trans. by Thomas J. Harper and Edward G. Seidensticker, London, Vintage Books, 2001.

TŌMATSU (Shōmei)
– Tōkyō mandara (Tokyo曼陀羅) / Tokyo Mandala: The World of Shomei Tomatsu. Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1997.
– Jeffrey (Ian), Shomei Tomatsu, Phaidon 55, London, Phaidon, 2001.
– Rubinfien (Leo) et al. Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation, Yale University Press, 2004.

Barthes’ Intertext
(as it appears in The Neutral)

ANGELUS SlLESlUS
L’Errant chérubinique, preface by Roger Laporte, Paris, Planète, 1970.

BACHELARD
La Dialectique de la durée, Presses Universitaires de France, 1950.

BACON (Francis)
Novum Organon, Paris, Hachette, 1857.
De la dignité et de l’accroissement des sciences et Essais de morale et de poIitique, in Oeuvres complètes,  2 vols., Paris, Charpentier, 1843.

BAUDELAlRE
Les Paradis artificiels, Paris, Garnier-Flammarion, 1966.

BENJAMlN (Walter)
Mythe el violence, Paris, Denoël, coll. “Lettres nouvelles,” 1971.

BLANCHOT
L’Entretien infini, Paris, Gallimard, 1969.
Le Livre à venir, Paris, Gallimard, coli. “Idées,” 1959.

BOEHME
– Koyrè (Alexandre), La Philosophie de Jacob Boehme, Paris, Vrin, 1971.

CAGE (John)
Pour les oiseaux, Paris, Belfond, 1976.

DENYS L’ARÉOPAGITE {DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE}
Oeuvres completes, trans. Maurice de Gandillac, Paris, Aubier-Montaigne, 1943.

DlOGÉNE LAËRCE {DlOGENES LAERTlUS}
Vie, doctrines et sentences des philiosophes illustres, 2 vols., Paris, Garnier-FIammarion, 1965.

ECKHART (Master)
– Lossky (Vladimir), Théologoie négative et connaissance de dieu chez Maître Eckhart, Paris, Vrin, 1960.

FICHTE
Méthode pour arriver à la vie bienheureuse, Paris, Ladranger, 1845.

FREUD
Un souvenir d’enfance de Léonard de Vinci, Paris, Gallimard, cool. “Les Essais,” 1927.

GIDE
– {Maria Van RysseIberghe}, Cahiers André Gide, Cahiers de la Petite Dame, vol. 4, 1945-1951, Paris, Gallimard, 1977.

HEGEL
Leçons sur l’histoire de la philosophie, vol. 4, La Philosophie grecque, Paris, Vrin, 1975.

LESSlNG
Dramaturgie de Hambourg, Paris, Didier, 1869.

MAlSTRE (Joseph de)
Textes choisis et présentés par E.M. Cioran, Monaco, Ed. du Rocher, 1957.

MARTIAL
Oeuvres completes, vol. 1, Épigrammes, Paris, Garnier, 1885.

MlCHELET
La Sorcière, Paris, Hetzel-Dentu, 1862.

PASCAL
Pensées, 2 vols., Paris, Gallimard, coll.  “Folio,” 1977.

QUlNCEY (Thomas de)
Confessions d’un mangeur d’opium, Paris, Stock, 1921.

ROUSSEAU
Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, Paris, Garnier, n.d.

SKEPTICS
– Brochard (Victor), Les Sceptiques grecs, Paris, Vrin, 1959 (1st ed., 1887).
– Kojève (Alexandre), Essai d’une histoire raisonnée de la philosophie païenne, vol. 3, Paris, Gallimard, 1973.
Les Sceptiques grecs, ed. Jean-Paul Dumont, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1966.

SOPHlSTS
Les Sophistes: Fragments et témoignages, ed. Jean-Paul Dumont, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1969.

SPlNOZA
– Zac (Sylvain) La Morale de Spinoza, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1972.

SWEDENBORG
– Matter (M.), Emmanuel de Swedenborg: Sa vie, ses écrits et sa doctrine, Paris, Didier, 1863.

TAO
– Maspero (Henri), Mélanges posthumes sur les religions et l’histoire de la Chine, vol. 2, Le Taoïsme, Paris, SAEP, Publications du musée Guimet, 1950.

TOLSTOY
La Guerre et al paix, Pai is, Gallimard, coll. “Bibliothèque de la Pléiade,” 1947.

VALÉRY
Monsieur Teste, Paris, Gallimard, I929.

VICO
– Michelet (Jules), Oeuvres choisies de Vico, Paris, Flammarion.
– Chaix-Ruy (JuIes), La Formation de la pensée philosophique de G. B. Vico, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, n.d.

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