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5/5 Michael Wood tries to define Roland Barthes, who redefined himself throughout his career.
4/5 Magazine editor Andrew Gallix reflects on what Barthes meant by 'the death of the author'.
3/5 Design historian Penny Sparke charts the influence Barthes has had on her career.
2/5 Writer Nick James assesses the impact Roland Barthes still has on the way we look at film.
1/5 Cultural historian Andrew Hussey examines Roland Barthes's impact in Europe in the 1960s.