Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

2. Gender and reading

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).


This essay was written as an introduction to a collection of essays entitled Gendering the Reader , whose aim was to question the simple assumption that women read as or like women. As a group of feminists, we were concerned to produce essays which engaged in some of the debates about reading as a gendered activity, but we wanted to trouble some of the simple dichotomies which assumed that women all read in one particular way. We wished to show the complexity of women’s reception and interpretation of texts and we also wanted to show that analysing the process of reading, and commenting on it in relation to gender, was a complex procedure.

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Mills, Sara. 2. Gender and reading. Gender Matters. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 37 - 54 Feb 2012. ISBN 9781845534967. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19764. Feb 2012

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