LINGUIST List 15.424

Mon Feb 2 2004

Books: Ling & Literature: Levorato

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  1. C.O'Connor, Language and Gender in the Fairy Tale Tradition: Levorato

Message 1: Language and Gender in the Fairy Tale Tradition: Levorato

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:37:07 -0500 (EST)
From: C.O'Connor <C.O'>
Subject: Language and Gender in the Fairy Tale Tradition: Levorato

Title: Language and Gender in the Fairy Tale Tradition
Subtitle: A Linguistic Analysis of Old and New Story-Telling
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 
Book URL: 

Author: Alessandra Levorato, teaches at the University of Florence,

Hardback: ISBN: 1403907889, Pages: 248, Price: �45/$69.95


'Alessandra Levorato's original linguistic approach to Little Red
Riding Hood reveals how important it is to examine the discursive
practices of fairy tales in general. Her thoughtful and elaborate use
of linguistic theory and quantitative analysis to study the
significance of word choice and characterization in different versions
of Little Red Riding Hood from the seventeenth century to the present
enables her to uncover the sexist agenda of the early tales and the
critique of this agenda by the more contemporary tales. Dr. Levorato's
unique approach has major implications for the study of fairy tales,
for she clearly demonstrates how linguistics and ideology are part of
the process of composing these tales and have a major impact on the
way readers view gender roles and their own particular roles within
their own social context. Her work is a major contribution toward
understanding the inner workings of fairy tales.' - Professor Jack
Zipes, University of Minnesota, USA


Much research has been done on the social messages conveyed to
children reading or listening to fairy tales. In this highly original
study, the emphasis shifts from content to linguistic expression. The
language and linguistic organization of a dozen versions, old and new,
of the Little Red Riding Hood story are analyzed using a variety of
theoretical approaches, including Critical Discourse Analysis,
Conversational Analysis, Functional Grammar and Critical Stylistics,
to uncover the contribution of fairy tales to the discourse of gender
relations over time.

 List of Tables
Introduction: Exploring Gender Issues in Fairy Tales
Words, Gender and Power
The Representation of Social Practice
Ideology and the Clause: The System of Transitivity
Gender and the Ideological Constitution of Subjects
Intertextuality, Ideology and the Tendencies of Change

Lingfield(s):	Discourse Analysis
		Ling & Literature

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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