Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

Author(s): Geoffrey Hughes

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405152785

Online ISBN: 9781444314960

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314960

Series Editor(s): David Crystal

About this Book

In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate.

  • A unique and intriguing journey through the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life, focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of what PC means
  • Explores the origins, progress, content and style of political correctness, discussing and analyzing around one hundred terms and lexical formations, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, Marlowe and Swift, to nursery rhymes, rap and Spike Lee films, David Mamet, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Larkin
  • Offers a detailed semantic analysis of the way that key words have been exploited both to advance the agendas of political correctness and to refute them

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