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Ramona Mihaila

Trans-national Approaches to (Un)Canonical 19th Century Women’s Writing


The present contribution aims to offer new approaches to study late 19th-century women’s writing. Research of women’s situation in different European societies is based on the observation that the political and historical events that took place in the 19th century, starting with the French Revolution, opened a new way for important social, economic and cultural changes which helped creating Realism in literature. I will focus on the second part of the 19th century and develop a transnational approach to Romanian women writers taking into account their birthplace, the place of death, their living abroad, their marrying a foreign husband, their studies accomplished abroad, their position as correspondents for foreign journals, their writing travelogues or their international reception.

Thus, I will explore the work of a number of neglected foreign-born or Romanian women writers: Marie Movila Boucher (penname Doamna L.) born in Paris; Fanny Seculici (penname Bucura Dumbrav?) (1868-1926) Bratislava; Maria Rosetti (maiden name Mary Grant) (1819-1893), Guernsey; Mite Kremnitz (born Marie Charlotte von Bardeleben) (pen names George Allan, Ditto and Idem) (1852-1916); Greifswald, Princess Aurélie Ghica (born as Aurélie Soubiran, 1840-1904), Paris; Agnes Kelly Murgoci (1875-1929), Fullarton, South Australia; Anna de Noailles (1876-1933), Paris; and the queens of Romania: Carmen Sylva (Queen Elisabeth), born Elisabeth Pauline Ottilie Luise zu Wied (1843-1916), Neuwied, Germany; and Regina Maria a României (Queen Marie of Romania) born Marie Alexandra Victoria, Princess of Edinburgh (1875-1938), Eastwell Park, Kent.

I will also provide a study about the literary perspectives offered by foreign women writers who visited the Romanian Principalities: e.g. Christine Reinhard Reimarus (1773-1815), Elizabeth Craven (1750-1828), and Marie Adelaide Walker (1849-1911).

SvD, November 2012

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