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A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

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A Lover's Discourse: Fragments
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRoland Barthes
Original titleFragments d’un discours amoureux
Publication date
Publication placeFrance

A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (French: Fragments d’un discours amoureux) is a 1977 book by Roland Barthes. It contains a list of "fragments", some of which come from literature and some from his own philosophical thought, of a lover's point of view. Barthes calls them "figures"—gestures of the lover at work.[1]

Film adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted into a Hong Kong movie in Cantonese by directors Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan called Lover's Discourse (戀人絮語, 2010). The film consisted of four interconnected stories about love and lovers. The ensemble cast of the film includes Eason Chan, Karena Lam, Kay Tse, Mavis Fan, Eddie Peng, Jacky Heung and Kit Chen.[2]

French director Claire Denis later adapted the book into the film Let the Sunshine In.[3]

Cultural references[edit]


  • A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, translated from the French by Richard Howard, Hill and Wang, (1979), ISBN 0-374-52161-1


  1. ^ Roland., Barthes (2010). A lover's discourse : fragments. Howard, Richard, 1929-, Koestenbaum, Wayne. (Pbk. ed.). New York, N.Y.: Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0374532314. OCLC 655759551.
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  3. ^ "The Beauty of a Rom-Com - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Archived from the original on 2020-04-04. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ The Lover Speaks - Cherry Pop - CRPOP158 - 2015 - CD release liner notes
  5. ^ Greenberg, Michael (2011-11-24). "The Mania of Love". The New York Review of Books. ISSN 0028-7504. Archived from the original on 2021-12-07. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  6. ^ Boffin, Tessa (1988). "The Blind Leading the Blind: Socialist-Feminism and Representation". Feminist Review (29): 158–161. doi:10.2307/1395161. JSTOR 1395161.
  7. ^ Boffin, Tessa; Barthes, Roland (1987). "A Lover's Distance: Fragments: A Photoessay". Feminist Review (25): 99–107. doi:10.2307/1395041. ISSN 0141-7789. JSTOR 1395041.
  8. ^ Duponchel, Marilou. "Quels films seront sélectionnés à Cannes ? Nos pronostics". Les Inrockuptibles. Archived from the original on 15 December 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  9. ^ Lloyd, Rachel (February 12, 2019). "All you need to know about "How to Date Men When You Hate Men"". The Economist. Archived from the original on January 28, 2022. Retrieved January 28, 2022.