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Economic Imperatives for Women's Writing

Last June, four members of COST-WWIH Action organized and participated in a panel session at the SHARP Conference (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing) in Dublin, see here.

We decided to continue our research on the topic of the panel, Economic Imperatives for Women's Writing, by making a COST-WWIH book volume presenting cases of 17th- and 18th-century women who tried to profit financially from their work. We are now looking for contributors.

With the volume, we hope to show to a broader audience how fruitful this approach can be and how much work there has to be done in this field. In a traditional perspective, money becomes an important factor for authors only from the 19th century onwards. Before the 19th century, an idealizing discourse about authorship concealed possibilities and struggles to receive payments for literary work or profit from it in another way. This accounts for both male and female authors, but especially in the history of women’s writing, this theme is neglected for a combination of reasons, among which the focus on canonical female authors and the focus on women writing for their own circle.

For more information or if you are interested in contributing to this volume, please contact Nina Geerdink (n.geerdink@let.ru.nl) or Carme Font Paz (Carme.Font@uab.cat).

SvD, September 2012

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