|Tipo di tesi||Tesi di laurea magistrale|
|Titolo||Feminist Turns. A Critical Analysis of Language and Gender in the Works of Robin Lakoff and Judith Butler|
|Titolo in inglese||Feminist Turns. A Critical Analysis of Language and Gender in the Works of Robin Lakoff and Judith Butler|
|Struttura||Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali|
|Corso di studi||LINGUE, CULTURE, COMUNICAZIONE (D.M. 270/04)|
|Data inizio appello||2021-07-27|
|Disponibilità||Accesso limitato: si può decidere quali file della tesi rendere accessibili. Disponibilità mixed (scegli questa opzione se vuoi rendere inaccessibili tutti i file della tesi o parte di essi)|
|Data di rilascio||2061-07-27|
L’argomento principale del presente lavoro di tesi è quello degli studi femministi sul genere. In particolare, si è cercato di capire se tali studi avessero subito o meno dei cambiamenti nella ricerca svolta dalle femministe della Seconda Ondata e le femministe della Terza Ondata. Per svolgere un’indagine in tal senso, si è deciso di studiare il pensiero di due ricercatrici femministe, rispettivamente Robin Lakoff e Judith Butler, e di approfondire l’analisi dei loro testi rappresentativi ossia Language and Woman’s Place e Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.
The main topic of this thesis is feminist gender studies. Specifically, an attempt was made to understand whether or not such studies had undergone changes in the research conducted by Second Wave feminists and Third Wave feminists. In order to carry out such an investigation, it was decided to study the thought of two feminist researchers, Robin Lakoff and Judith Butler, and to deepen the analysis of their representative texts namely Language and Woman's Place and Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. The thesis was therefore divided into four chapters. The first chapter is to be considered as the part of the thesis that is dedicated to the two macro-topics and therefore explores the history of Feminism, understood as a social and political movement, and describes how the first academic studies on gender were carried out from a feminist perspective. The second chapter, on the other hand, is an investigation on Robin Lakoff's thought, an investigation that has given the possibility to analyze in a precise way some of the fundamental thoughts brought forward by the feminists of the Second Wave, in particular it will be underlined how Lakoff considers gender and identity categories. Then, it will be made an examination of the 1975 version of her text Language and Woman's Place, in which particular emphasis will be given to the description of the 'Women's language' outlined by Lakoff, which includes a series of linguistic features used by women and linguistic features used to speak about women. Subsequently it will be analyzed the thought of Judith Butler, considered a Post-Modernist feminist, with particular reference to her conception of gender starting from the notions of 'performativity', 'recognition' and 'intelligibility'. The relevance of Butler's research within the feminist movement will be studied and the reference category of her studies and her consideration of 'women' within the movement will be mentioned. It will then move on to an analysis of her text Gender Trouble which will be studied by mentioning the thought of scholars such as Freud, de Beauvoir, Lévi-Strauss and others, mentioned by Butler in the text to explain the relevant points of her thought on gender. The last chapter groups and categorizes all the points of analysis that have proven to be relevant in understanding the eventual evolution of feminist gender studies. Thus, special reference will be made to Lakoff and Butler and any points of equality in the studies and differences in research and methodologies of analysis will be grouped together. Relevance will be given to explaining the concept of essentialism and structuralism which are the foundations of the different conceptions of gender of the last two waves. At the conclusion of the thesis, it is noted that in feminist gender studies there has been an evolution in the content of analysis and research assumptions and that all these differences are related to the different conceptual conception of gender carried out by feminists of the last two waves.