Reinventing Identities: The Gendered Self in Discourse

Paperback | August 15, 1999

EditorMary Bucholtz, A. C. Liang, Laurel A. Sutton

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Talk is crucial to the way our identities are constructed, altered, and defended. Feminist scholars in particular have only begun to investigate how deeply language reflects and shapes who we think we are. This volume of previously unpublished essays, the first in the new series Studies inLanguage and Gender, advances that effort by bringing together leading feminist scholars in the area of language and gender, including Deborah Tannen, Jennifer Coates, and Marcyliena Morgan, as well as rising younger scholars. Topics explored include African-American drag queens, gender and class onthe shopping channel, and talk in the workplace.

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Talk is crucial to the way our identities are constructed, altered, and defended. Feminist scholars in particular have only begun to investigate how deeply language reflects and shapes who we think we are. This volume of previously unpublished essays, the first in the new series Studies inLanguage and Gender, advances that effort by br...

Mary Bucholtz is at Texas AandM University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195126300

ISBN - 13:9780195126303

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Mary Bucholtz: Introduction: Bad Examples: Transgression and Progress in Language and Gender StudiesPart 1: Identity as Invention1. Marcyliena Morgan: No Woman No Cry: Claiming African American Women's Place2. Kathleen M. Wood: Coherent Identities amid Heterosexist Ideologies: Deaf and Hearing Lesbian Coming-Out Stories3. Marjorie Faulstich Orellana: Good Guys and "Bad" Girls: Identity Construction by Latina and Latino Student Writers4. Lisa Capps: Constructing the Irrational Woman: Narrative Interaction and Agoraphobic Identity5. Sara Trechter: Cnotextualizing the Exotic Few: Gender Dichotomies in LakhotaPart 2: Identity as Ideology6. Jennifer Coates: Changing Femininities: The Talk of Teenage Girls7. Caitlin Hines: Rebaking the Pie: The WOMAN AS DESSERT Metaphor8. Laurel A. Sutton: All Media are Created Equal: Do-It-Yourself Identity in Alternative Publishing9. Rebecca J. Dobkins: Strong Language, Strong Actions: Native American Women Writing against Federal Authority10. Keith Walters: "Opening the Door of Paradise a Cubit": Educated Tunisian Women, Embodied Linguistic Practices, and Theories of Language and GenderPart 3: Identity as Ingenuity11. Deborah Tannen: The Display of (Gendered) Identities in Talk at Work12. Patricia E. Sawin: Gender, Context, and the Narrative Construction of Identity: Rethinking Models of "Women's Narrative"13. William Leap: Language, Socialization, and Silence in Gay Adolescence14. Norma Mendoza-Denton: Turn-Initial No: Collaborative Opposition among Latina Adolescents15. A.C. Liang: Conversationally Implicating Lesbian and Gay Identity16. Rusty Barrett: Indexing Polyphonous Identity in the Speech of African American Drag Queens17. Anna Livia: "She Sired Six Children": Feminist Experiments with Linguistic Gender18. Mary Bucholtz: Purchasing Power: The Gender and Class Imaginary on the Shopping Channel19. Colleen Cotter: Folklore and "News at 6": Gendered Discourse Domains and Language Planning20. Marjorie Harness Goodwin: Constructing Opposition within Girls' GamesIndex

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"Given the maturity of language and gender as afield of study, a series devoted to it is long overdue and most welcome. The maturity of the field is reflected in the scope of the first volume on identity formation and in its engagement with theory. . .A valuable and engaging feature of thebook is that, at the same time as it contributes to the consolidation of new theoretical positions, it does not lose touch with earlier 'moments' in the field of language and gender. . .This is an impressive collection, which makes a useful contribution to the reworking of language and genderstudies. It is particularly successful in bringing recent feminist theory to bear on earlier feminist and pre-feminist linguistics, and in continuing to bring together research on 'bad subjects' -- marginal voices and emergent transgressive identities."--Language in Society