Travelling TexTs 1790-1914 (HERA Project 2013 - 2016)

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Travelling TexTs 1790-1914: Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (HERA Project 2013 – 2016)
United Kingdom
Dr Henriette Partzsch Project Leader University of Glasgow United Kingdom

HERA Project Travelling TexTs 1790-1914

Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (2013 – 2016)

This HERA CRP studies the role of women’s writing in the transnational literary field during the long 19th century. It explores in terms of gendered cultural encounters through reading and writing that contributed to shaping modern cultural imaginaries in Europe. The systematic scrutiny of reception data from large-scale sources (library and booksellers’catalogues, the periodical press) forms the basis for the study of women’s participation in this process. By tracing and comparing the networks created through women’s writing from the perspective of five countries (Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands) located at the fringes of 19th-century Europe we question the relations between centre and periphery from a gendered point of view. The CRP thus contributes to the development of new, transnational models of writing the history of European literary culture.

The use of shared digital research tools is central to the implementation and coherence of this CRP. Building on the database WomenWriters and the experience of the COST Action Women Writers In History, a Virtual Research Environment will be developed, providing not only advanced technology for statistical analysis, charting and visualisation, but also the possibility to work together in the virtual space. Parts of it will be open to the public, which allows interested user communities to engage with our research. Outputs will include a conference, peer-reviewed articles and book publications. Enhanced online publication will directly link to the research data. These activities will be complemented by workshops and seminars organised together with our two APs, Chawton House Library (UK) and Turku City Library (Finland), sessions at international literary festivals in Norway and Slovenia inviting writers to meet their ‘foremothers’, and exhibitions in all five countries involved in the project.

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Project Participants

Dr Henriette Partzsch
Project Leader

University of Glasgow
United Kingdom

Professor Päivi Lappalainen

University of Turku

Dr Katja Mihurko Poniž

University of Nova Gorica

Dr Marie Nedregotten Sørbø

Volda University College

Dr Suzan van Dijk

The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
The Netherlands

Funding This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291827. European_Union The project Travelling Texts is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, BMBF via PT-DLR, DASTI, ETAG, FCT, FNR, FNRS, FWF, FWO, HAZU, IRC, LMT, MHEST, NWO, NCN, RANNÍS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.