Pensive Texts and Thinking Statues: Balzac with Rodin

@article{Schor2001PensiveTA,
  title={Pensive Texts and Thinking Statues: Balzac with Rodin},
  author={N. Schor},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={239 - 265}
}
  • N. Schor
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • Critical Inquiry
According to Barthes, this sentence functions as the "zero degree of meaning," a mise en abyme of what he terms the pensive text, which is to say the classic text replete with meaning promised only to be withheld. The thought-effect produced by the use of the word pensive creates the illusion of polysemy, of multiple meanings unsaid and unexplored. Thus the pensive text escapes the closure implicit in what Barthes calls "the 
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