Female language theory in the age of Goethe: Three case studies

Corkhill, A. (1999) Female language theory in the age of Goethe: Three case studies. The Modern Language Review, 94 4: 1041-1053. doi:10.2307/3737236

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Author Corkhill, A.
Title Female language theory in the age of Goethe: Three case studies
Journal name The Modern Language Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-7937
Publication date 1999-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2307/3737236
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Volume 94
Issue 4
Start page 1041
End page 1053
Total pages 13
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Language eng
Abstract By the close of the German Romantic Movement there existed a well-entrenched corpus of sophisticated reflections on language by the German male writing fraternity. Overlooked hitherto is the contribution of intellectual women authors to the philosophy of language discourse. This article draws on the (mainly) confessional writings of Sophie Mereau, Rahel Varnhagen, and Bettine von Arnim in order to provide persuasive evidence of a weibliches Sprachdenken' that moves beyond mainstream theorizing and seeks to challenge phallocentric language constructs by (re)claiming an 'authentic' language capable of incorporating the range of women's experience.
Keyword Language & Linguistics Theory
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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