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Toward A New Conception Of Women's Literary History

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This book arose out of what was felt as a need for a more explicitly international or transnational focus in studies of early modern women's writing. At the same time, it seeks to privilege a more sociological approach, rather than one that is based largely on textual analysis. In other words, it aims to provide new insights into women's position in the literary field by emphasising the international scope of their literature and examining their historical position, influence, network and dialogues-leading, in the long term, to different places being assigned to them in literary history. The objective in the book is, in other words, to enhance the understanding of the part women played-on a collective as well as on an individual level in their dialogues as authors and readers, both among their own sex and with men-in the shaping of the literary field in Europe before 1900.

Keywords: Europe; women writers; women's literary history



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