The Materiality of Language

Gender, Politics, and the University
Author(s): David Bleich
Original Publish Date: Jun 28, 2013
Product Number: EB00777954
Released: Oct 22, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780253007735
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David Bleich sees the human body, its affective life, social life, and political functions as belonging to the study of language. In The Materiality of Language, Bleich addresses the need to end centuries of limiting access to language and its many contexts of use. To recognize language as material and treat it as such, argues Bleich, is to remove restrictions to language access due to historic patterns of academic censorship and unfair gender practices. Language is understood as a key path in the formation of all social and political relations, and becomes available for study by all speakers, who may regulate it, change it, and make it flexible like other material things.