Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Subject Area

Anthropology

Description

For this project, I compiled literature reviews to support Professor Hillary Crane’s research into Taiwanese Buddhist nuns’ gender transformations. This literature covers several themes pertinent to that research, including gender construction, the transformative nature of metaphor, and the potential role of speech acts in cultural change. Beginning with gender constructions and the possibilities of gender transformation of women, this literature reviews how gender is constructed in Asian cultures, particularly China and Taiwan, and how women work to accomplish gender transformations in these contexts. Secondly, this research examines theories about how metaphors are utilized in discourse, showing some of the functions of metaphors in culture (for example, within an argument), particularly to shape perceptions. Lastly, this research explores how speech acts can work to transform a person’s status or identity. The topics of gender, metaphors, and speech acts are all crucial components of Crane’s research into Taiwanese Buddhist nuns’ gender transformation and will be presented in relation to the understanding of the ultimate goal of changing from one gender to another.

Share

Import Event to Google Calendar

COinS
 
May 16th, 4:30 PM May 16th, 6:00 PM

A Review of the Literatures of Gender Transformation, Metaphor, and Speech Acts in Anthropology

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

For this project, I compiled literature reviews to support Professor Hillary Crane’s research into Taiwanese Buddhist nuns’ gender transformations. This literature covers several themes pertinent to that research, including gender construction, the transformative nature of metaphor, and the potential role of speech acts in cultural change. Beginning with gender constructions and the possibilities of gender transformation of women, this literature reviews how gender is constructed in Asian cultures, particularly China and Taiwan, and how women work to accomplish gender transformations in these contexts. Secondly, this research examines theories about how metaphors are utilized in discourse, showing some of the functions of metaphors in culture (for example, within an argument), particularly to shape perceptions. Lastly, this research explores how speech acts can work to transform a person’s status or identity. The topics of gender, metaphors, and speech acts are all crucial components of Crane’s research into Taiwanese Buddhist nuns’ gender transformation and will be presented in relation to the understanding of the ultimate goal of changing from one gender to another.

 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.