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Mythologies

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Mythologies contains 54 short journalistic articles (28 in the English translation) written between 1954 and 1956 for the left-wing magazine Les Lettres nouvelles. In these essays, literary scholar and critic Roland Barthes references the work of structural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss as he tries to expose the “mythic” content of mass cultural phenomena. The texts are at the base of Barthes's investigations into the Marxist concept of ideology and how it situates human identity.

In Mythologies, Barthes demonstrates the potential of semiotics as ...

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