• Pete Harvey

Do male and female novelists use language differently?

The was a question we explored in an article I helped pull together for the Novel Perceptions team as part of the BBC's The Novels That Shaped Our World season.

Various news organisations have suggested that countries with female leaders have coped better in the current Covid-19 crisis. To investigate why this might be the case, the Novel Perceptions team used computer analysis to look at novels about politics and protest written by male and female authors. They noticed some intriguing differences:


"Do men and women use language differently? Have the unequal opportunities faced by women – in literature as in politics - led them to adopt different strategies in public spaces dominated by men? Or do publishers and panelists choose to recognise different kinds of fictions from authors of different genders?"


You can read the full article here:

What can novels tell us about how men and women respond to a crisis?