Barthes and his impossibility to explain – illustrate – the punctum

March 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

‘ The punctum remains on the level of the signifier, lying precisely outside of shareable codes and thus a general description. The punctum is that in the picture which disturbs the image’s signification and produces, for the individual reader of the image, the bliss of a reversible significance beyond scientific or general theoretical communication. As Barthes puts it: ‘The studium is ultimately always coded, the punctum is not… What I can name cannot really prick me. The incapacity to name is a good symptom of disturbance.’.

© Roland Barthes, by Graham Allen 2003

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