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Lit Bug | 13 comments Language, as much as it is a means of free expression, has also been a tool for repression. The structuring of language in a particular way is symptomatic of the power relations within any society - and it has repercussions way beyond the era. Language is also a tool for manipulation, systematic brainwashing and a means of gaining control over those who have been silenced.

With this view in mind, can anyone suggest books/articles regarding this topic (preferably academic ones) - how language is used as a tool for marginalizing women (whether or not its emphasis is on sci-fi)?

Even if you cannot think of any books, simply names of theorists/authors who have dealt with this issue too will be of great help.

I am familiar with the works of Cultural Studies theorists, psychoanalysts, Marxists and feminists (not necessarily in the same order) like Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in this respect and am searching for similar works.

Freudian theory is out of bounds due to its supposed patriarchal/phallic roots, so I'd appreciate the works of his and Lacan's successors.

Also I'd be grateful to be recommended works on Marxist theory with reference to Gender on the lines of the works of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak - a postmodern Marxist feminist - to be precise.

More specifically, I'd like works with postmodernist leanings - but even modernist ones are okay. The request is put forward in order to help me with my research so if anybody is familiar with critical works on the subject of gender and language in sci-fi/cyberpunk/feminist sci-fi/feminist cyberpunk, it would be absolutely wonderful.


message 2: by Christy (new)

Christy (christymtidwell) | 149 comments I've worked on the intersections of feminist science fiction and feminist science. Here are a few suggestions that might help you (feel free to go check out my goodreads dissertation shelf as well). In feminist science studies, Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology by Bonnie Spanier, Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology by Evelyn Fox Keller, and maybe Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body by Susan Bordo. In feminist science fiction studies, A New Species: Gender and Science in Science Fiction by Robin Roberts, Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction by Jane Donawerth, Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought by Patricia Melzer, and Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory by Marleen Barr.

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message 4: by Kelani (new)

Kelani Look up a lady named Debra Tannen. She is big on Sociolinguistics in society dealing with women. is that what you're looking for.

message 5: by Lit Bug (new)

Lit Bug | 13 comments Thank you so much all of you! Your suggestions are a treasure trove!!!

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