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

Authors
Citation
A. Corkhill, Female language theory in the age of Goethe: Three case studies, MOD LANG R, 94, 1999, pp. 1041-1053
Citations number
53
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
94
Year of publication
1999
Part
4
Pages
1041 - 1053
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(199910)94:<1041:FLTITA>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
By the close of the German Romantic Movement there existed a well-entrenche d corpus of sophisticated reflections on language by the German male writin g 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 Bett ine von Arnim in order to provide persuasive evidence of a "weibliches Spra chdenken' that moves beyond mainstream theorizing and seeks to challenge ph allocentric language constructs by (re)claiming an 'authentic' language cap able of incorporating the range of women's experience.