Women, Language and Grammar in Italy, 1500-1900

Hardcover | November 29, 2011

byHelena Sanson

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This monograph examines the relationship between women, language and grammar with particular reference to the Italian context between the sixteenth and the end of the nineteenth century, from the codification of Italian as a literary language to the formation of a unified state. Itinvestigates the role played by women in the Italian linguistic tradition as addressees, readers or authors of grammatical texts. In spite of the ever-growing interest in different aspects of women's life in the Western world through the centuries, little attention has been given up to now to women's linguistic education, their relationship with grammar and the ideas about their use of language. In the context of Italy, thesequestions were virtually unexplored. This study is the result of extensive first-hand research and detailed analysis of primary sources (well-known texts, as well as minor and rare ones), brought together for the first time and made available to a wider public. Sources range from more specifically linguistic writings, to texts onwomen's education and conduct books, from literary works (e.g. novels, short-stories, poetry, plays, satirical writings, children's literature), to official government documents, newspapers articles, women's magazines, school texts, letters and memoirs. Its interdisciplinary approach and the richness of its sources make this volume an engaging journey across four centuries in the history of the Italian language the history of grammar, the history of linguistic thought, and the history of women and their education. This is the first work of its kindin the field of Italian studies. Relevant illustrations accompany the book offering readers also a visual appreciation and understanding of the subjects and themes examined in the six chapters.

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This monograph examines the relationship between women, language and grammar with particular reference to the Italian context between the sixteenth and the end of the nineteenth century, from the codification of Italian as a literary language to the formation of a unified state. Itinvestigates the role played by women in the Italian li...

Dr Helena Sanson is Senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Department of Italian, and Fellow of Clare College. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Reading and taught at University College London before taking up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cambridge between 2003 and 2005. Dr Sanson is the recipient of a Ph...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264832

ISBN - 13:9780197264836

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Prologue: On Grammar and Women1. Grammatica: the key to knowledge2. The Spoken Language, the Written Language3. The Scope of this BookPART I (Sixteenth-Seventeenth Centuries)1. Women, the Vernacular, and Classical Languages2. Women and Vernacular GrammarPART TWO (Eighteenth-Early Nineteenth Centuries)3. Women and Language in the Secolo delle donne4. Knowledge and Language 'for the ladies'PART THREE (The Nineteenth Century)5. Women and the Mother Tongue in the Ottocento6. Women Writing on LanguageEpilogue