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Biography of women represents an intriguing genre, in particular compared to well-known feminocentricity of 18th-century novel. Distinguishing “real” biography from fictional narrative is not always easy. Of course, women who turned authors did intrigue their contemporaries as well as posterity, provoking this type of “reception documents”.

In the course of our research, we noticed that for a relatively important number of women authors, other female writers formed the project of publishing a biographical text, in certain cases presenting their subject as a “foremother” or otherwise as an example that could be followed. Many of these biographical pieces were published in late 19th-century women’s press

Biography in the database WomenWriters.

SvD, September 2007

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