n+1 symposium on Roland Barthes: Reflections on the public, private intellectual
Immediately following the posthumous publication of Roland Barthes’ Mourning Diary by Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint Hill and Wang this month, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Howard and n+1 founding editor Marco Roth will discuss Howard’s experience working with and translating Barthes as well as broader questions about public versus private intellectual work.
Compared with his contemporaries, Barthes has always been deemed especially accessible to readers outside academic literature specializations. The October 2010 publication of Mourning Diary offers a chance to think anew about the challenges of personalizing the intellectual, or intellectualizing the personal in our own time. Having translated Mourning Diary and other Barthes works, Howard is considered responsible for the American understanding of the philosopher. Howard brings the memories of his close friendship with Barthes and a life lived fully between American and French culture to this discussion.
Now a thrice-yearly journal of politics, literature, and culture, dedicated to the cultivation of writing that crosses genres, borders, and professional boundaries, n+1 celebrates its 5th anniversary this fall.
Literature programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation and with public funds from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.