Women´s letters

Project: Research

Layman's description

Is there a separate women’s language and culture? The project tested the hypothesis that there is a language typical of women by subjecting letters (1500) of men and women from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and from different languages (Latin,German,French,Swedish,English) to linguistic and literary analysis and comparing them from the point of view of sender-receiver(women to women,etc.)

The project Women’s letters, http://kvinnorsbrev.litt.lu.se, tested the hypothesis that there is a language typical of women and, consequently, a typical women’s culture, by subjecting letters (1500 in all) of men and women from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and from different languages (Latin, German, French, Swedish and English) to linguistic and literary analysis. The linguistic analysis aimed at defining the style of the letters and the literary analysis the thematic aspects. The different corpora of letters (women to women, women to men, men to women, men to men) were then compared from the point of view of style (rhetorical and syntactical traits) and content (subjects). The results are presented in the monograph Women's language. An Analysios of Style and Expression in Letters before 1800(2012 Nordic Academic Press). Two PhD theses in Comparative Literature, both finalised in 2007, were produced in the context of the project, Marie Löwendahl’s Allrakäraste och ömmaste vän! Kvinnors brevskrivning under svenskt 1700-tal [Dearest and sweetest friend! 18th century Swedish letter-writing of women] and Jon Helgason’s Hjärtats skrifter. Brevväxlingen mellan Anna Louise Karsch och Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim [The writings of the heart: The correspondence of Anna Louise Karsch and Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim) translated into German 2012: Schriften des Herzens. Briefkultur des 18. Jahrhunderts im Briefwechsel zwischen Anna Louisa Karsc und Johann Ludwig Gleim
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2001/01/012008/12/31

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Related research output

Helgason, J., 2012, Women's Language. An Analysis of Style and Expression in Letters before 1800. Haettner Aurelius, E., Gunneng, H. & Helgason, J. (eds.). Nordic Academic Press, p. 103-121

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Eva Haettner Aurelius, Gunneng, H. & Helgason, J., 2012, Women's Language. An Analysis of Style and Expression in Letters before 1800. Haettner Aurelius, E., Gunneng, H. & Helgasaon, J. (eds.). Nordic Academic Press, p. 7-13

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Helgason, J., 2012, Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen. 325 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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