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Du bas-bleu à l’écrivaine : nommer (enfin) les femmes qui écrivent

Abstract : Title-From "bas-bleu" to "écrivaine" : how to name in French women who write. Abstract-This article focuses on how French language refers to women writers since Middle Ages. A survey of the strong opposition to feminization of both nouns "écrivain" (writer) and "auteur" (author) reveals that this reluctance, encouraged by French dictionaries, does not ground on the (unconvincing) linguistic reasons that are most of the time put forward. Rather, it reveals a fierce social resistance to recognising the right of women to fully engage in literature. An investigation conducted on recent corpora (Frantext, Wikipedia and Europresse) demonstrates however that the situation is going better since a decade, even though the substantives and contexts used to describe men and women who write can't be considered as strictly equal.
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Véronique Montémont. Du bas-bleu à l’écrivaine : nommer (enfin) les femmes qui écrivent. Langues, cultures et sociétés, IMIST, 2021, 7 (2), pp.90-101. ⟨10.48384/IMIST.PRSM/lcs-v7i2.29367⟩. ⟨hal-03639668⟩



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