Date of Degree

2-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Linguistics

Advisor

Rivka Levitan

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Linguistics

Keywords

gender and film, language features by gender

Abstract

The project analyzes how language is used differently in movie reviews based on both the gender of the author of the review as well as the gender of the director of the reviewed film. In doing so, it aims to gain a better understanding of what contexts evoke a typically “masculine” use of language vs. a typically “feminine” use of language within the genre of film criticism, and what implications this has for the state of the film criticism with respect to gender. The results of this study seem to indicate that a critic’s language use takes on the characteristics typical of the other gender when “writing about” a person (or the work of a person) of the same gender, and vice-versa.

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