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The Language of Feminine Duty

Articulating Gender, Culture, and Covert Policy in Modern Japan

by Rika Saito (Author)
Monographs XII, 208 Pages

Summary

This book examines "women’s speech" as a policy of constructs expressed in official and unofficial discourse from the 1880s to the 1920s in Japan. It analyzes specific language policies that were incorporated through governmental gender policy to perpetuate "women’s speech," asymmetrical gendered speech styles and concepts in the Japanese language. It also seeks to develop cross-cultural approaches to language and gender theories initiated in the United States and Europe by proposing new concepts of language policy. This work contributes to ongoing interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, language, and policy by reconsidering the relationship between the Japanese "national language" and "women’s speech."

Details

Pages
XII, 208
ISBN (PDF)
9781433184604
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433184055
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433184062
ISBN (Book)
9781433184550
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (July)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2021. XII, 208 pp.

Biographical notes

Rika Saito (Author)

Rika Saito (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of Japanese at Western Michigan University. Her research interests include feminist literary criticism in modern Japanese texts, language and gender, and language policy. She published several articles, including "Writing in Female Drag: Gendered Literature and a Woman’s Voice."

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