Lexico-grammatical portraits of vulnerable women in war: The 1641 Depositions

MacLeod, Nicola and Fennell, Barbara (2012) Lexico-grammatical portraits of vulnerable women in war: The 1641 Depositions. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 13 (2). pp. 259-290. ISSN 1566-5852

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jhp.13.2.04mac


The 1641 Depositions are testimonies collected from (mainly Protestant) witnesses documenting their experiences of the Irish uprising that began in October 1641. As news spread across Europe of the events unfolding in Ireland, reports of violence against women became central to the ideological construction of the barbarism of the Catholic rebels. Against a backdrop of women’s subordination and firmly defined gender roles, this article investigates the representation of women in the Depositions, creating what we have termed “lexico-grammatical portraits” of particular categories of woman. In line with other research dealing with discursive constructions in seventeenth-century texts, a corpus-assisted discourse analytical approach is taken. Adopting the assumptions of Critical Discourse Analysis, the discussion is extended to what the findings reveal about representations of the roles of women, both in the reported events and in relation to the dehumanisation of the enemy in atrocity propaganda more generally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1641 Depositions, corpus, Critical Discourse Analysis, lexico-grammatical portraits, representation and women
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 14:04
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 19:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39262

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