DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2019-5-4-0-9

“This is a man’s world”: gender issues of leadership in literature

The potential of language in depicting objective reality is unquestionable today. Some authors refer to language as “the currency of knowing”. Much information about the world and people is recorded in works of literature, and it is of value even if it is shown from the author’s perspective. Works of literature have always been a source of knowledge for readers, characters becoming role models for some people. The article is focused on gender specifics of leadership as revealed in characters of some novels and fairy-tales published in English. The goal of the research is to identify features displayed by leaders in the literary works under study. Some of these features are traditionally considered to be masculine or feminine. Many sources show that women leaders have to develop masculine characteristics, which affects the way they are perceived by other people. The theoretical basis of the study was the work of modern psychologists and philosophers on the relationship between language and knowledge, as well as leadership styles. The paper also attempts to attribute specific leadership styles to the characters under study. The contexts for analysis were taken from the novels by M. Puzo and L. Weisberger, as well as P. Bazhov’s tales published in English.

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