Reinventing Identities

Reinventing Identities : The Gendered Self in Discourse

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Talk is crucial to the way our identities are constructed, altered, and defended. Feminist scholars in particular have only begun to investigate how deeply language reflects and shapes who we think we are. This volume of previously unpublished essays advances that effort by bringing together stellar feminist scholars in the area of language and gender such as Deborah Tannen, Jennifer Coates, and Marcyliena Morgan, as well as rising younger scholars, to tackle such topics as African-American drag queens, gender and class on the shopping channel, and talk in the workplace. It should have a strong appeal to linguists (sociolinguists, and language and gender scholars), as well as anthropologists, sociologists and those in queer more

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  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 162.1 x 234.7 x 34.5mm | 945.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 halftones, 24 line illustrations
  • 0195126297
  • 9780195126297

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Given the maturity of language and gender as a field of study, a series devoted to it is long overdue and most welcome. The maturity of the field is reflected in the scope of this first volume on identity formation and in its engagement with theory...Overall, this is an impressive collection, which makes a useful contribution to the reworking of language and gender studies. It is particularly successful in bringing recent feminist theory to bear on earlier feminist and pre-feminist linguistics, and in continuing to bring together research on bad subjects - marginal voices and emergent transgressive identities. * Language in Society *show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Bad Examples: Transgression and Progress in Language and Gender Studies ; PART 1: IDENTITY AS INVENTION ; 1. No Woman No Cry: Claiming African American Women's Place ; 2. Coherent Identities amid Heterosexist Ideologies: Deaf and Hearing Lesbian Coming-Out Stories ; 3. Good Guys and "Bad" Girls: Identity Construction by Latina and Latino Student Writers ; 4. Constructing the Irrational Woman: Narrative Interaction and Agoraphobic Identity ; 5. Cnotextualizing the Exotic Few: Gender Dichotomies in Lakhota ; PART 2: IDENTITY AS IDEOLOGY ; 6. Changing Femininities: The Talk of Teenage Girls ; 7. Rebaking the Pie: The WOMAN AS DESSERT Metaphor ; 8. All Media are Created Equal: Do-It-Yourself Identity in Alternative Publishing ; 9. Strong Language, Strong Actions: Native American Women Writing against Federal Authority ; 10. "Opening the Door of Paradise a Cubit": Educated Tunisian Women, Embodied Linguistic Practices, and Theories of Language and Gender ; PART 3: IDENTITY AS INGENUITY ; 11. The Display of (Gendered) Identities in Talk at Work ; 12. Gender, Context, and the Narrative Construction of Identity: Rethinking Models of "Women's Narrative" ; 13. Language, Socialization, and Silence in Gay Adolescence ; 14. Turn-Initial No: Collaborative Opposition among Latina Adolescents ; 15. Conversationally Implicating Lesbian and Gay Identity ; 16. Indexing Polyphonous Identity in the Speech of African American Drag Queens ; 17. "She Sired Six Children": Feminist Experiments with Linguistic Gender ; 18. Purchasing Power: The Gender and Class Imaginary on the Shopping Channel ; 19. Folklore and "News at 6": Gendered Discourse Domains and Language Planning ; 20. Constructing Opposition within Girls' Games ; Indexshow more

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