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First NEWW November meeting

November 22 2007 took place the first of these three annual meetings. The theme of this day was the question of female authorship: “What is a female author? Who is a woman writer?”. Continuation of the earlier discussion furthered by Michel Foucault's “Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur?” [1] – but with particular focus on gender aspects, and taking into account research pursued since then, for example, by Nathalie Grande [2] and Alicia Montoya [3].

There were also very practical reasons: in the context of the NEWW-project decisions must be taken about entering women who wrote and published in the project’s database (www.databasewomenwriters.nl). How to categorize them: as real “writers” or in specific categories of “translators”, “commentators”? Taking into account contemporary judgments or outcomes of canon formation? What about these women’s intentions ?

Meeting place:

Utrecht, Faculty of Humanities:
Drift 23 (near the Janskerkhof), room 0.12, 10.00 – 17.00.



Suzan van Dijk (UU):
Short presentation of the project “New approaches to European Women’s Writing”

Teresa Sousa de Almeida (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and Vanda Anastácio (Universidade de Lisboa):
Networks around 18th-century Portuguese women authors, in particular around the Marquesa d’Alorna (1750-1839)

Nina Geerdink (Free University Amsterdam):
Katharina Lescailje (1649-1711): another Sappho

Lunch at Drift 21 (Hall)

Agnese Fidecaro (University of Geneva):
Reflections around "La femme auteur" by Madame de Genlis (1746-1830)

Annemarie Doornbos (University of Amsterdam):
"Mrs Bosboom-Toussaint" or "Geertruida Toussaint" (1812-1886) ? Male or female writing ?

Zsuzsanna Varga (De Montfort University, Leicester):
Margaret Oliphant’s (1828-1897) reconceptualisation of female authorship

Closing remarks

Drinks at Drift 21

[1] Michel Foucault, “Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur?”, in Dits et écrits 1954-1988. Paris, Gallimard, 1994, vol. I, p. 789-821.
[2] Nathalie Grande, Stratégies de romancières. De Clélie à La Princesse de Clèves (1654-1678). Paris, Champion, 1999.
[3] Alicia Montoya, Marie-Anne Barbier et la tragédie post-classique. Paris, Champion, 2007.

AsK, September 2010

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