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Language and Gender

Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Sara Mills


296 pages

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This volume examines important themes in the theoretical debates on the relationship of language and gender. It analyses this relationship across a range of different disciplinary perspectives from linguistics, literary theory, cultural studies and visual analysis. The focus of the book goes beyond an analysis of women's language to discuss the complexities of gendered language with chapters on lesbian poetics, the language of girls and boys and the relationship between gender and genre.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Introduction, Sara Mills

Section 1: Position Papers: Difference or Dominance

1. Language, gender and career, Jennifer Coates

2. Rethinking language and gender studies: some issues for the 1990s, Deborah Cameron

Section 2: Lesbian Poetics

3. Constructing a lesbian poetic for survival, Liz Yorke

4. Sappho and the other woman, Margaret Williamson

5. `Her wench of bliss: gender and the language of Djuna Barnes' Ladies Almanack, Deborah Tyler-Bennett

Section 3: Gender/Genre

6. Cyborgs and cyberpunk: rewriting the feminine in popular fiction, Jenny Wolmark

7. Claiming the speakwrite: linguistic subversion in the feminist dystopia, Elisabeth Mahoney

Section 4: Gender, Language and Education

8. Feminising classroom talk?, Joan Swann and David Graddol

9. Primary school teachers' explanation of boys' disruptiveness in the classroom: a gender-specific aspect of the hidden curriculum, Cleopatra Altani

10. `We're boys, miss!': finding gendered identities and looking for gendering of identities in the foreign language classroom, Jane Sunderland

Section 5: Gender, Language and Children

11. Dominance and communicative incompetence: the speech habits of a group of 8-11 year old boys in a Lebanese rural community, Farida Abu-Haidar

12. Voice and gender in children, Alison Lee, Nigel Hewlett and Moray Nairn

Section 6: Language Media/Visual Analysis and Gender

13. Feminism, language and the rhetoric of TV wildlife programmes, Barbara Crowther and Dick Leith

14. Man in the news: the misrepresentation of women speaking in news-as-narrative-discourse, Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard

15. Commonplaces: the woman in the street: text and gender in the work of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, Helen Mills

Conclusions, Sara Mills



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General