Book: Pronoun Envy; Anna Livia, 2001




Pronoun Envy Literary Uses Of Linguistic Gender

Anna Livia

“A valuable guide through the minefield of gendered and regendered language in french and English: well thought, well written, witty, and well timed.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

Controversy about gendered pronouns and the use of the generic “he” has been a staple  of feminist arguments about patriarchal language over the past 30 years. Anna Livia uses the term ‘pronoun envy’ ironically to show that battles over gendered language are central theorists, that linguistic gender is confining and tyrannical, she demonstrates that in fact gender markers can used creatively.


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