Creative Genius

Karl V. Teeter kvt at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 11 17:14:56 UTC 1999


Jill, your speculation is very interesting,but is not helped by the
etymologies of grammar and glamour, I think.  These words are simple
variants of each other, and stem from the perception of learning in the
middle ages: grammar was one of the seven lively arts and as such was
glamorous.
Some linguists still find it so, and I don't think this is a gender-related
matter.
At 08:25 AM 11/11/99 -0800, you wrote:

>I am an artist interested in how language defines the image of women
>portrayed an art and women artitsts.  I want to study how the etymology of
>several words exclude her from the definition of artist and limit ther to
>being an object on display.  However, I am not a linguist and I was
>wondering if anyone might be able to help me.  I think that from the
>histories of grammer and glamour it is evident that the patriarchal
>culture continues:  man acts;  woman is acted upon; hero saves
>heroine.  The muse of the artistic genius is a fetished female fantasy.  I
>don't want to intrude on your listserve, but I have been following it
>since last spring and I find it very interesting and informative.  Thanks
>for your time and ideas.
>
>Jill Lyon
>
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