Women Writing Intimate Spaces

The Long Nineteenth Century at the Fringes of Europe


The messy and multi-layered issue of intimacy in connection with transnationality and spatiality is the topic of this volume on women’s writing in the long nineteenth century. A series of intimacies are dealt with through case studies from a wide range of countries situated on the European fringes. Within the field of feminist literary studies, the volume thus differs from other publications with a narrower scope, such as Western Europe or specific regions. More broadly, the chapters in this volume offer a variety of approaches to intimacy and generous bibliographical references for researchers in humanities and cultural studies.
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Birgitta Lindh Estelle is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature with a specialisation in Theatre at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has published widely on gender and nineteenth century playwriting. Her recent publications include a monograph in Swedish on Alfhild Agrell’s, Victoria Benedictsson’s and Anne Charlotte Leffler’s late nineteenth century playwriting. She has also contributed to Swedish Women’s Writings on Export. Tracing the Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century (2019).

Carmen Beatrice Duțu is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucharest, Romania. She published Feminist Literary Criticism. A Comparative Perspective, 2012.

Viola Parente-Čapková is a Professor of Finnish Literature at the University of Turku, Finland. She has published widely on the topic of transnational fin de siècle women’s writing in Europe. Her recent publications include the co-edited volume Nordic Literature of Decadence (2020).
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Biographical Notes on the Authors

  Birgitta Lindh Estelle, Viola Parente-Čapková, Carmen Beatrice Duţu

Part 1
Intimacies in Transnational Women’s Writing
1 Women, Writing, and the Cultural Politics of Intimacy in Modern Romania
  Carmen Beatrice Duţu

2 Freedom as a “Promised Land” Marie Linder’s En qvinna af vår tid
  Arja Rosenholm, Kati Launis, Viola Parente-Čapková, Natalia Mihailova

3 Stifling Intimacies Middle-Class Marriage in the Short Stories of Four Central European Women Writers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  Katja Mihurko Poniž

Part 2
Intimacies in Fictive European Spaces at the Fin-de-Siècle
4 Melodramatic Spaces Intimacy and Emancipation in Swedish Women’s Playwriting
  Birgitta Lindh Estelle

5 Feminism, Intimacy and Darwinian Time The New Women of Elin Wägner
  Cecilia Annell

6 Failing Intimacy in Saimi Öhrlund’s 1910s’ Novels
  Elsi Hyttinen

7 Intimacy and Spatiality in Three Novels by Regina di Luanto
  Ulla Åkerström

8 Intimate Spaces and Sexual Violence in Two Novels by Carmen de Burgos
  Elena Lindholm

Part 3
Intimate Authorship in Space and Time
9 A Collective Sense of Intimacy Carmen Sylva’s Postures
  Roxana Patraș and Lucreţia Pascariu

10 Discovering Intimacy in Impressionist Poetry The Voice of Slovene Vida Jeraj
  Alenka Jensterle Doležal

11 Intimacy and Influence between Women Authors The Case of Isabelle de Charrière
  Suzan van Dijk, collaborating with Josephine Rombouts


Scholars and students of comparative literatures and gender studies, as well as academics interested in the topic of culture of affects.
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