Juliet Winter is an Associate Lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Winchester. Her PhD thesis examines constructs of racial and gendered identity in the contemporary U.S., drawing upon transatlantic feminist scholarship and critical race theory in its analysis of representations of race and gender in American popular culture, politics and sport. Her recent research and publications have considered the cultural significance of Beyoncé and her 2016 visual album, "Lemonade", in relation to contemporary debates surrounding intersectionality, feminism, and representation. Alongside her PhD research, Juliet teaches on the University of Winchester’s American Studies programme, co-ordinates the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) scheme in the university’s Faculty of Arts, and is a Senior Researcher in Learning and Teaching Development.

From Lemonade to the Louvre: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Contestation of Whiteness and Showcasing of Black Excellence in Everything Is Love

On 16 June 2018, Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z released their latest and joint album, Everything Is Love, exclusively to Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal [1]. The album quickly became the subject of discussion among cultural commentators and mainstream media around the world, who largely saw it as the final… Continue reading

My Research: Juliet Williams

‘My Research’ is a new feature that aims to introduce and summarise the research and work of Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers within the field of American and Canadian Studies. Sit back, and get to know some of the craziest, challenging, and rewarding places researchers have been taken to… Continue reading

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: A Complex and Intersectional Exploration of Racial and Gendered Identity

Much of Beyoncé’s career has been defined by an image that has spoken largely to notions of the form of ‘girl power’ and independence that we associate with the emergence of postfeminist popular culture in the 1990s. Largely conceptualised as a ‘non-political’ feminist discourse, manifestations of postfeminism in popular culture have been characterised by notions of choice, individualism and the re-commodification of femininity. Continue reading