To Be a (Transnational) Woman Writer – Past and Present, by Viola Parente-Čapková

Time flies and after our first meeting in Chawton a year ago and our spring meeting in Turku the TTT project hold a meeting in Ljubljana, hosted by the members of our Slovenian team – and, needless to say, we were taken care of like queens!

Each of our meetings has been particular in its own way – in Chawton and in Turku, we strengthened our cooperation with our Associated Partners (The Chawton House Library and The City Library in Turku). In Ljubljana and in the upcoming meeting next spring in Norway, we are concentrating on dissemination and a dialogue with contemporary women writers by means of participating at literary festivals. The Vilenica literary festival we participated in now in Ljubljana, has been focusing on transnational aspects of writing, “lesser known literatures” and “flow among languages” (as expressed by A. Blatnik, President of the Vilenica Jury), which is perfectly in tune with our Project. Though concentrating on the long 19th century, we are, of course, constantly reflecting on the way the literary field and the reception of women writers have developed throughout the 20th century and what the situation is today.



In cooperation with the organizers of the festival, Katja Mihurko Poniž arranged a programme “Meeting Literary Foremothers”, with participation of three transnational authors: Elsa Korneti (born in Germany, living in Greece), Dimitra Xidous (a Greek-Canadian living in Ireland), and Gabriela Babnik (born in Germany, living in Slovenia). Continue reading

Pavlina Pajk Symposium and Female Authorship in the 19th Century

On 9th April 2014, the University of Nova Gorica, in collaboration with the municipality of Nova Gorica, the Solkan community, the literary club Govorica from the Goriška region, and the Nova Gorica Slavic Association, organized a symposium that celebrated the 160th anniversary of the birth of the Slovene female writer and poet Pavlina Pajk (9 April, 1854 – 1 June, 1901), who started her literary career in Solkan. You can find more information here. 

Marie Sørbø’s book on Jane Austen on screen has been published

Under the title of Irony and Idyll: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park on Screen, Marie Sørbø analyses all existing screen adaptations of the two novels. The study is published by Rodopi and you can find further information here: and Idyll MNS full title pageBookId=COS+203

The Internship as a hobby

By Guus Robroeks

Finding an internship as a student of history can be quite the challenge. While many students manage to find themselves a spot, others are not quite so lucky. After dozens of applications I was sure I’d belong to the latter group, until I realized that Prof. Henk Nellen worked at the Huygens ING, an institute for Dutch history and culture. I had participated in a very interesting course given by Prof Nellen  about war and morals in the seventeenth century, and wanted to know more about the Huygens ING. After some research online, and some guiding tips from Henk Nellen, I was able to apply for an internship at the institute. It turned out that I was more lucky than most of my co-students: Dr. Suzan van Dijk happened to be looking for a new intern who was willing to work for the HERA “Travelling TexTs” project with materials found in the archives of the Letterkundig Museum, a literary museum in The Hague. I was allowed to dive into stacks of letters and texts from nineteenth-century female Dutch writers, for whom reception documents are collected in the museum. Continue reading

Contemporary writers meet their “foremothers”

What is the meaning of women’s traditions and women’s genealogies today? How do contemporary writers perceive their role in a transcultural society? What is the meaning of periphery and centre?  These are some of the questions which the writers Elsa Korneti (Greece/Germany), Dimitra Xidous (Canada/Ireland) and Gabriela Babnik (Slovenia) will explore in a round table discussion about “Meeting literary foremothers”, chaired by Dr Viola Parente Čapkova from the Finnish group of TTT. The event is part of the Vilenica 29th International Literary Festival and will take place on Friday, 5 September 2014, at 12noon (Ljubljana, Kult3000).

You can find more information about the festival here: