Barthes' Mythologies Today: The Bum of Middleton

Authors: Readman, M.

Conference: Roland Barthes at 100

Dates: 30-31 March 2015



The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 was a remarkable media event, not least because of the attention given to the sister of the bride's backside. In this paper I mobilise Barthes' method in his seminal essay 'The Face of Garbo', in order to reveal the mythologisation of Pippa Middleton's derrière.

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