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ERIC Number: ED147840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 146
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The Way Women Write.
Hiatt, Mary
This book maintains that, because male critics have evaluated feminine writing according to the standards of masculine style, women have received biased criticism in the past. This study attempts an objective analysis of possible differences in the published writings of men and women by considering certain critical stereotypes that have been applied to feminine writing. One hundred books are considered, 50 by men and 50 by women, and the sampling includes both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a wide spectrum of styles. With the aid of a computer, the books are scrutinized for use of similes, adverbs, exclamation points, dashes, and other stylistic devices that might prove women's writing to be more emotional than men's. Sentence length and the balance of sentences are considered, to determine conciseness and precision in the two styles. Many tables of computer data are included, as well as numerous samples from the books used in the study. A lengthy appendix accompanies the book. The book concludes that there are basic differences in the feminine and masculine styles but that the study overturns many of the pejorative stereotypes of women's writing. (MAI)
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027 ($5.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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