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Editor: Suzan van Dijk
Women Writers in History focuses on women authors as a category and in particular on the role they were allowed to play in their respective countries, and beyond national borders in the whole of Europe. We expect lots of new data to be discovered that shed new light on this, provided we take as a starting point the contemporary reception of these women’s writings.
Thanks to important efforts in text digitizing, for instance of the early periodical press and of private correspondences, many of those reception data are becoming available. These data start to be used in order to understand the place female authors should be given in European literary history. The series Women Writers in History – created and coordinated by members of the NEWW Network – provides a platform for the outcome of this kind of research.

The NEWW Network
The NEWW network (New approaches to European Women’s Writing, created 2005) includes researchers studying female authorship in all European countries up to the early 20th century (from Sappho to Virginia Woolf). Together, this international group of scholars:
• organizes annual conferences,
• has developed an online tool (, which allows stocking, sharing and analyzing historical reception data,
• and carries out large-scale research in order to “rewrite literary history”, in particular, as far as women’s place in it is concerned.

The series will publish outcomes of collaborative NEWW research, and the Editorial Board invites researchers who would, up to now, not be members of this group to submit proposals for volumes and monographs to be included in the series. Research outcomes to be published here would typically not concern individual authors, but would realize large-scale research taking as a starting point, preferably, empirical data concerning the reception side of literary communication. Research would focus on the communication which had been taking place between these female authors and their (contemporary) readers at home and abroad, and provide insight in the position taken by these women.

The series Women Writers in History is the result of the “COST Action” entitled “Women Writers In History”. During four years (2009-2013) COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) as a European funding body, contributed to the further expansion and development of the NEWW network.

Since 2017 the NEWW network formed a working group: "Women writers in history" within the DARIAH-EU international network for digital humanities, see
Récherches nouvelles 3. Actes du Colloque. George Sand hors de France. Amsterdam, juin 1994
Editor: Suzan van Dijk
`George Sand hors de France': ainsi s'intitula le colloque que l'an dernier nous avions organisé en l'honneur de Françoise van Rossum-Guyon, fondatrice et présidente du Groupe de Recherches sur George Sand. Elle quittait alors l'Université d'Amsterdam pour retourner à Paris. Ce fut un moment tout indiqué pour réfléchir sur l'influence qu'a exercée aux Pays-Bas l'oeuvre de George Sand - romancière qui avait été si souvent sujet des cours et des publications de Françoise van Rossum-Guyon, et dont elle a certainement contribué - directement et indirectement - à augmenter le public actuel.
En présentant les actes de ce Colloque d'Amsterdam, nous les relions explicitement aux deux précédents recueils, rédigés par Françoise van Rossum-Guyon: Recherches nouvelles et Recherches nouvelles 2. Le second volume portait comme titre: George Sand: une oeuvre multiforme. Cette `multiformité', mise en évidence par les analyses des textes sandiens, sera suggérée d'une autre façon dans le présent recueil. En effet, par le biais de l'empirie l'histoire de la réception permet elle aussi d'éclairer la richesse de cette oeuvre. Dans la diversité de réactions que suscitaient hors de France les écrits de George Sand, nous nous attachons bien sûr particulièrement à celles provenant de ses contemporains néerlandais: à les inventorier et surtout à les faire comprendre. Ce faisant nous présentons les premiers résultats d'une recherche à laquelle se sont attelées plusieurs membres de notre Groupe.
Hommage à Françoise van Rossum-Guyon
In: Women Telling Nations
In: Performances of Peace: Utrecht 1713
Women Telling Nations highlights how, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, European women, as readers and writers, contributed to the construction of national identities.
The book, which presents twenty countries, is divided into four parts. First, we examine how women belonged to nations: they represented territories and political or religious communities in their own style. Second, we deal with the ways in which women wrote the nation: the network of relationships in which they were involved that were not necessarily national or territorial. The legitimation that women writers succeeded in finding is emphasised in the third section, while in the fourth we analyse how and why women were open to the outside world, beyond the country’s borders.
Women Telling Nations underlines the quantitative importance of the circulation of these women’s writings and demonstrates the extent as well as the impact of the international cross-fertilisation of nations, especially by and for women: focusing on routes rather than roots.
Transnational Perspectives from the Late Middle Ages to the Dawn of the Modern Era
Interest in early modern women writers is on the rise. However, familiarity with their works varies greatly from one country to another, and resources to assess their historical significance remain insufficient. Yet empirical evidence suggests that women writers who are no longer well-known today played surprisingly varied roles in the literary field of early modern Europe. The papers collected in this volume address early modern female authorship from the late Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century, ranging geographically from Portugal to Russia, and from Italy to Denmark. In particular, they focus on three themes: the creation of female spaces or communities; women's appropriation of existing or developing literary genres; and transnational perspectives on early modern women's writings.

Contributors include: Vanda Anastácio, Bernadette Andrea, Mónica Bolufer, Philiep Bossier, Hans Bots, Kathleen Garay, Nina Geerdink, Perry Gethner, Elena Gretchanaia, Ineke Janse, Madeleine Jeay, Anne-Marie Mai, Christine Mongenot, Meredith Ray, Ina Schabert, and Lynn Lara Westwater.
In: Women Telling Nations
In: Women Telling Nations