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Lesbian Discourses in the UK and US, 1970-2004: Images of a Community
Date: 13 February 2008 Time: 1-2 pm
This is an open lunch time seminar organised by postgraduate research students at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. The seminar will be held by Dr. Veronika Koller from the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.
Place: Bowland North, Seminar Room 6
The presentation addresses the changing notions of lesbian community as expressed in non-fictional texts published in the UK and the US between 1970 and 2004. Two sample texts each for the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s were taken from a variety of genres and analysed in linguistic detail.These analyses are embedded in a discussion of the socio-political context and discourse practice prevalent in the four decades, which is supplemented by data gathered in twelve oral and email interviews.
The main research questions are as follows:
· How have images of a lesbian community changed since 1970?
· How can this changed be traced in non-fictional lesbian-authored texts?
· How do the texts relate to each other?
The theoretical background draws on a rich tradition of research into the discursive construction of identity (e.g. Anderson 1983, Bucholtz 1999, Holmes 2005, Wodak et al. 1999), which is applied to a hitherto under-researched topic. In addition, the theoretical framework combines the discourse-historical approach (Wodak 2001) with a focus on the mental models constructed in, and created by, discourse, such as images of a community.
Despite its text-centered approach, the presentation avoids being overly technical, the idea being to open up new vistas for research in anthropology and sociology, especially women's/gender studies, by making a claim for textual analysis in social research.
Who can attend: Anyone
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