Gender performativity in the George Eliot letters, 1857-1860

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Gender performativity in the George Eliot letters, 1857-1860

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Gender performativity in the George Eliot letters, 1857-1860
Author: Maas, Emily
Issue Date: 2017-09-29
Keywords: historical sociolinguistics
stylometry
George Eliot
sociolinguistics
Abstract: Many sociolinguistic studies see a difference in the language of men and women. This study explores the differences in gendered language use in the letters written by Marian Evans and those written under her better-known male pseudonym, George Eliot. By combining gender theory, social history, and computational linguistics, this study argues that Marian Evans took up a pseudonym and a more masculine writing style to succeed in the male-dominated literary world. Machine learning indeed shows that the letters signed as George Eliot were classified as belonging to a male-writing style.
Supervisor: Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Linguistics (Research master)
Specialisation: Linguistics
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/54386
 

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