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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 number of 728 German receptions, figuring today in the database, on a total of 18.410 reception records. This figure does not provide much more than reflect the work done up to now. It has no other significance than suggesting to specialists of German international literary contacts that they might add more information.

Figures concerning international reception are interesting only when related to one particular work, author or group of works or authors (on the production side) and to a country (on the receiving side) for which a certain number of sources has been consulted, leading to substantial data entry.

&work_authorName=&notesfield=&work_Title=&rec_Year=&Editor_ID=geen&rec_authorName=&Rec_Title=&reference=&Rec_Gender=F&pageSize=50&order=r.Year 2745] women receivers

7423] male receivers

3713] male receivers (names unknown]

4525] receivers gender unknown


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 (not finished)

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