Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

1. Analysing women’s writing

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Sara Mills [+-]
Sheffield Hallam University
Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2005, Manchester University Press), Michel Foucault (Critical Thinkers Series, 2003, Routledge), Feminist Post-Colonial Theory: An Anthology (edited with Reina Lewis, 2003, Edinburgh University Press) and Gender and Politeness (2003, Cambridge University Press).


It was an attempt to question some of the assumptions prevalent at the time within both the French feminist theory of theorists such as Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray (influential at that time), and also the views of British and American gender and language theorists Jennifer Coates and Deborah Tannen that women’s language and writing were somehow essentially different to men’s. Within gender and language theorising of the time, this difference was either something which was to be criticised as politically damaging for women or something to be re-valued since feminine qualities were seen to be of positive value. I argue here that we cannot assume that women’s language and writing are necessarily different from men’s but that what is different is the way that they are judged.

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Mills, Sara. 1. Analysing women’s writing. Gender Matters. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 15 - 36 Feb 2012. ISBN 9781845534967. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19758. Feb 2012

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