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Female Networks in Europe, 1700-1900

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw an explosion in Europe of interest in foreign languages and literatures. This book explores how early generations of women writers formed connections with each other across national boundaries. The volume sheds light on female networks spanning Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland and Denmark. It includes essays on ‘virtual’ networks, that is, on women who read, translated or were inspired by the work of women abroad, as well as essays exploring actual links between writers of different nationalities, be it through correspondence, visits or contact in the salons. The essays gathered here engage with a wide range of published and unpublished sources, from novels and poetry to autobiography and letters. They discuss writers whose work is becoming increasingly well known, such as Maria Edgeworth, Germaine de Staël, Rahel Varnhagen and George Sand, as well as those who are less familiar. Together, they open up new perspectives on the activities of these early women of letters and on the development of the European female literary tradition.

Table of contents

Hilary Brown/Gillian Dow:

  • Introduction

Marianna D’Ezio:

  • Literary and Cultural Intersections between British and Italian Women Writers and “Salonnières” during the Eighteenth Century

Eve-Marie Lampron:

  • From Venice to Paris: Fame, Gender and National Sensibilities in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Female Literary Networks

Marjanne E. Goozé:

  • Mimicry and Influence: The ‘French’ Connection and the Berlin Jewish Salon

Nicole Pohl:

  • European Networks: Dorothea von Kurland’s Salons

Laura Kirkley:

Suzan van Dijk:

Elisabeth Jay:

  • British Women Writers and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Parisian Salon

Kerstin Wiedemann:

Ursula Jung:

Gesa Stedman:

Máire Fedelma Cross:

  • “Salons sans Frontières”: Flora Tristan as Reader and Writer

Alison E. Martin:

  • Daughters of Science: Mathilde Ørsted, Leonora and Joanna Horner

Daphne M. Hoogenboezem:

  • Marvel, Feminism and Reason: Rewriting Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s Fairy Tales for Dutch Children.

Can be ordered at Peter Lang.

SvD, June 2011

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