Redefining the Hypernym Mensch:in in German: Gender, Sexuality, and Personhood examines how the verbalization of ‘human’ in gender normative terms results in implicit exclusion. Situated in the tension between traditional rules and progressive language use, this book criticizes the heteronormativity of masculine hypernyms and argues for the adoption of gender-inclusive linguistic practices.
Maria Pober teaches at the Department for German Studies at the University of Vienna.
Chapter 1 Conceptionalization of the Human as Heteromasculine
Chapter 2 The Man, the Human Being and Gender
Chapter 3 The Change of Categories in the Heterohuman Order
Maria Pober shows how to describe, analyze and interpret the complex relationships of the designation Mensch and semantically related gender terms such as Person, Wesen, Leute, Frau, and Mann. She sheds profound light not only on the relationship between genus and sexus, but also on the positions of these terms in the lexicon. This excellent account is sure to become a standard work.