Reading Group

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The Neutral
presents Roland Barthes’ original notes for his penultimate lecture course at the Collège de France, which he delivered over thirteen weeks from February 18 to June 3, 1978. The Neutral Reading Group was devised to share in a reading of the book, working through the portions of the text on dates corresponding to those when Barthes originally presented the material.

Participants read selected pages of The Neutral for a set day and were encouraged to post comments, questions and responses on the relevant session page. The group worked primarily with the English translation, but insights from readers of the original French were greatly valued. 

All responses are archived on the Session pages as detailed below:

1. Session of February 18, 2011 (Pages 1-19: Preliminaries / Benevolence / Weariness)

2. Session of February 25, 2011 (Pages 20-31: Weariness (Continued) / Silence / Tact)

3. Session of March 4, 2011 (Pages 32-46: Supplement I / Tact (Continued) / Sleep / Affirmation)

4. Session of March 11, 2011 (Pages 47-61: Supplement II / Color / The Adjective)

5. Session of March 18, 2011 (Pages 62-77: Supplement III / Images of the Neutral / Anger)

6. Session of March 25, 2011 (Pages 78-93: Supplement IV / The Active of the Neutral / Ideospheres)

7. Session of April 1, 2011 (Pages 94-106 : Supplement V / Consciousness)

[Easter Break]

8. Session of April 29, 2011 (Pages 107-121: Answer)

9. Session of May 6, 2011 (Pages 122-135: Rites / Conflict / Supplement VI / Oscillation)

10. Session of May 13, 2011 (Pages 136-151: Supplement VII / Retreat)

11. Session of May 20, 2011 (Pages 152-165: Arrogance / Panorama)

12. Session of May 27, 2011 (Pages 166-181: Supplement VIII / Panorama (Continued) / Kairos / Wou-wei)

13. Session of June 3, 2011 (Pages 182-209: Wou-wei (Continued) / The Androgyne / Intensities / To Give Leave / Fright)

 

Set Text
Roland Barthes (2005) The Neutral: Lecture Course at the Collège de France (1977-1978), trans. by Rosalind E. Krauss and Denis Hollier. New York: Columbia University Press. [Originally published as Roland Barthes (2002) Le Neutre: Cours au collège de France (1977-1978). Paris: Seuil.]