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Reading women's writing:
female success, influence, reputation

This part of the site will present the reception side of the dialogues undertaken by women authors, as they are documented in the database WomenWriters. The word "reader" is used in a broad sense. Firstly, it includes men and women. Secondly, those men and women can be more than readers: they can have commented or adapted the texts, reviewed or translated them, and so on. These various forms of reception need to be considered separately and to be compared, in order to see in what ways women authors or their texts have been received. This comparison is made possible by the database structure.


Readers can certainly be classified, just as we did on the "reading side", according to their national identities. It is possible to mention for example the numbers of:

The same problems we encountered on the "writing side" here also arise, because of possible confusion between nationality and language. This is equally under discussion.

We welcome short articles to be published here online, as far as they result from research facilitated by the database WomenWriters (propositions are subject to peer review). The articles will be presented according to cultures and languages of reception, as follows:

SvD, February 2009

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