Creative Genius

Karl V. Teeter kvt at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 11 17:30:32 UTC 1999


Dear Jill, your speculation is interesting, but I fear it is not supported
by the etymologies of grammar and glamour. These are variants of the same
word and associated because in the middle ages grammar was one of the seven
lively arts, and as such  inherently mystical, and glamorous. Some
linguists still find it so and not, I think, on a gender-related
basis.  Yours, kvt  (=Karl V.Teeter, Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus,
Harvard University
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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