GENDER IDENTITY IN KATHERINE MANSFIELD’S SHORT STORIES

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

Gender identity is seen as a personal perception of oneself as male or female. This definition is closely related to the concept of gender role, defined as the sum of external manifestations of personality that reflect gender identity. Gender identity is self-identified as a result of environmental factors. This self-identification has been the subject of fiction writers for a long period of time. Katherine Mansfield, one of the prominent modernist writers of short fiction, produced short stories that provide an accessible exploration of identity and gender as contemporary concerns in everyday life and as key concepts in social sciences. Her own …


A LEGAL LANGUAGE ISSUE: LAW AS “MASCULINE CULTURE”

Posted On Jul 18 2014 by

This paper is a response to the problem of (neutral) legal language and discusses the assumption that law is a “masculine culture”. We consider that the masculinities of legal language are based on the ground that the “proximate genre” in legal discourse is the male one. From the “reasonable” man’s perspective to the special legislation concerning women’s rights, legal language underlines the idea that the legal field, as a reflection of social life, is andocentric. Thus, we will present how the modern representation of women is affecting the law and unleashing normative strategies challenging “gender equality”.