IJLLL 2022 Vol.8(3): 215-217 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2022.8.3.351

Gourmand and Gourmet — A Glimpse of Women Status from the Gender of the Two Words

Youyou Wu and Junkai Li
Abstract—To get an idea of the social status of women in 19th century France, we can go through a linguistic study of the gender of two words gourmand and gourmet, both indicating an eater on the table. If the word gourmand has a feminine form gourmande, while the word gourmet only designates men eaters, it deserves a deeper look at their meaning for French writers, especially the master of realism, Honoré de Balzac, representing more or less the ideology about women at the time.

Index Termsgourmand, gourmet, women's status, French literature, 19th century, Balzac.

Y. Wu is with University of Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, 66000 France (e-mail: youyou.wu@etudiant.univ-perp.fr).
J. Li is with Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300350 China, and EA3476 Crem, Université de Lorraine, Metz, 57045 France (e-mail: lijunkai@tju.edu.cn, corresponding author).

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Cite:Youyou Wu and Junkai Li, "Gourmand and Gourmet — A Glimpse of Women Status from the Gender of the Two Words," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 215-217, 2022.

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