Creative Genius

Karl V. Teeter kvt at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 11 17:20:55 UTC 1999


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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