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A feminist homage to Roland Barthes
Dr Kerrie Thornhill (editor)
7 December 2016
This collection of pop feminist essays reveals the discursive sexual politics of Scottish independence, black women’s hair, immigrant rap, space travel and beauty bloggers. Essays by Scarlett Cockerill, Jessica Rahman-Gonzalez, Miriam Kilimo, Kristina Kaempfer, and their tutor, Dr Kerrie Thornhill.
I’ve always regarded Mythologies (1957) as the liveliest of Roland Barthes’ works. The collection is full of humour and surprises. No reader can predict what the next topic will be, whether it is washing powder, wrestling, strip-tease, or decorative cooking. Years after his death, Barthes lives on in university reading lists and thesis bibliographies, on the shelves of cosy second-hand bookshops, and in the repetition of iconic phrases such as ‘death of the author’. A decadent Hermès scarf was recently dedicated to his memory (Wampole 2015). Less recognised, however, are Barthes’ contributions to feminist discourse analysis.
Dr Kerrie Thornhill, editor.
HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE
Thornhill, Kerrie (Ed). 2016. Mystiques: a feminist homage to Roland Barthes. Oxford: The Feminist E-Press.
ABOUT THE EDITOR(S)
Dr Kerrie Thornhill
Kerrie Thornhill recently held several positions at the University of Oxford. From 2015-17 she worked as the Academic Mentor for the MSt in Women’s Studies, as well as the Academic Convener of the Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts (WEF) Feminist Mentoring Programme. In 2016, she co-designed and taught the first graduate course in Gender, Geography and the Environment at the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research interests include climate change and gender violence, and the intersections of indigenous feminisms and indigenous sovereignties.
Her academic background is multidisciplinary, with an undergraduate degree in International Relations from UBC, an MPhil in Development Studies and a DPhil in Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford. Her doctoral research examined the links between colonial history and contemporary public attitudes towards gender-based violence in postwar Liberia. Kerrie’s past career experience includes: sexual violence crisis support and advocacy work in Canada, supporting immigrant and refugee women as a programme coordinator for Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, and supervising a research team in urban Ghana under Oxford’s Centre for the Study of African Economies. She has worked with Oxfam, the Red Cross, the Ghana Education Service, and several community-based organisations in West Africa.