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In , during his structuralist stage, Roland Barthes published a book of collected essays titled Mythologies. Barthes’ whole project in. Roland Barthes, “The World of Wrestling”. [ed. Note: This is the initial essay in Barthes’ Mythologies, originally published in The book is a series of small. Note: This is the initial essay in Barthes’ Mythologies, originally published in . –Baudelaire The virtue of all-in wrestling is that it is the spectacle of excess.

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This impression is way more powerful than any rational explanations which can disprove the myth. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Newspapers and Magazines by Speaking of myth and power, Barthes asserts that myth is a depoliticized speech. The object is not in winning or losing, it is in saving social order. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers.

For the space of a match, we can securely feel that good and bad are clearly cut. Instead they are subsumed into the action, and they become willing participants in the drama that is played out in front of them.

This is for real bound and cataloged at the UNLV library and available for check out if you are so inclined. It is said that judo contains a hidden symbolic aspect; even in the midst of efficiency, its gestures are measured, precise but restricted, drawn accurately but by a stroke without volume. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Notify me of new comments via email. While the grand theatricality of wrestling blinds the doubters to the veracity of the event, the true fan knows that the excess only establishes its truth and draws the enthusiast into a ritualized reenactment of what has already been, is now, and what will continue to be.


It literally hurts your brain to think about some of this shit.

The weak myths are the myths which have already lost their political character. I would love to talk about it if you have thoughts. When the winner wins, everyone cheers, when the loser loses, everyone cheers.

The Bastard abides mytbologies the rules only when the rules suit them.

The Spectacle of Excess: Roland Barthes, Wrestling, and the Eucharist

The model of semiosis suggested by Barthes seeks to link signs with the social myths or ideologies that they articulate. In wrestling, it is the moments which give the audience what they want, not the outcome. Newer Post Older Post Home. Barthes also provides a list of rhetorical figures in bourgeoisie myths:. He returns to this theme in later works including The Fashion System. It seeks to surprise the audience. What we learn from this essay is that we observe a spectacle in the hope of seeing our shared worldviews solidified.

I also think there are many that would argue that wrestling is a sport. Johns Hopkins University Press. Barthes criticism of mythology is based on capitalistic consumption. Wrestling is a social institution, an exercise in moral or political values.


I have been consulting Roland Barthes as I percolate several thinky posts, and it occurs to me that I should share some of the original motivation for starting this blog. In boxing, the matches are played in myrhologies, the wins and loses are clear, and judged through binary bqrthes. Barthes goes as far as to say that the end of the fight is unconsciously clear within the opening moments of the fight. A boxing-match is a story which is constructed before the eyes of the spectator; in wrestling, on the contrary, it is each moment which is intelligible, not the passage of time.

Thank you for reading. Google will take you mythologise to it. In the second half of the book Barthes addresses the question of “What is a myth, today?

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I would trudge through this dysfunctional process during the week that, to be fair, allowed me a ton of free time to actually write and waited for Friday night, when I could go down to the Ultimate Wrestling Federation and hang out badthes a bunch of people all wrapped up in various degrees of kayfabe and pageantry, but who felt far more authentic than my peers, colleagues, and professors at the university.


Tags Roland Barthes World of Wrestling. He assumes that myth helps to naturalize particular wwrestling. According to Barthes, Defeat and Justice go hand in hand.

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. I do understand his contention that wrestling is like the theatre.

The Cambridge Companion to Saussure. I would love to read something more definitive. The major function of myth is to naturalize a concept, a belief. The suffering is an enactment of a crucifixion, a veritable putrefaction.

Again, as compared, there is no question of truth, the spectator just accepts what is presented to them as the way it is and should be. But according to Barthes, this is not added mythologifs. In the ring, and even in the depths of their voluntary ignominy, wrestlers remain gods because they are, for a few moments, the key which opens Nature, the pure gesture which separates Good from Evil, and unveils the form of a Justice which is at last intelligible.

The costumes, like those bartnes the theatre, represent the tragic play of wrestling.

Then I ended up getting myself a Twitter for other reasons and waded through the seas of wrestling fans until one by one I found like minds, creative and thoughtful people who see that wrestling is as legitimate a form of pop art as cinema or the graphic novel.

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