Analyzing Text With the Five Codes

To learn more about how Barthes’s five codes function within a writerly text, use this interactive demonstration. When you click on one of the code buttons, a lens will mask over a sample of text from James Joyce’s Ulysses, isolating the lexias which correspond to the code. Select a lexia to see a more in-depth explanation of how the example relates to the code. Please examine each code, and the corresponding lexias, to gain a better understanding of how Barthes’s codes can be used to analyze text.