Gender, Language, and Discourse

Module code: EN7233

Module co-ordinator: Dr Mel Evans

This module will introduce you to a range of issues relevant to research in the field of language and gender. It gives you experience of preparing a small-scale research project and the opportunity to reflect critically on your own and others' language use, especially as this relates to gender issues.

Topics covered include the main critical debates that underpin the study of language and gender. The evolution from second- to third-wave feminism, gender dominance, difference, diversity, and discourse are reviewed. We'll consider gender and speech communities, masculinities, gayspeak, queer theory, transnational feminism, and cyberculture. There will be a strong emphasis on the importance of contextualisation, both in terms of the data analysed and the theoretical approaches adopted. Students will be required to carry out independent fieldwork, making use of relevant data types (for example, electronic corpora, written and visual media, recording and transcribing conversations, and questionnaires), and to make connections with other fields of study where appropriate.


  • One 4,000-word essay