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From Darwin to Weil

Women as Transmitters of Ideas

Petra Broomans (ed.)
 

Series: Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission 1

ISBN-13: 9789077922644

ISSN: 1879-7350

Publication year: 2009

Publication type: Book

Pages: VI, 185

Cover: Softcover

Format: 135 x 210 x 10 mm; 334 g; b & w ill.

Price excl. VAT: €18.82

Price incl. VAT: €20.51

Cultural transmitters, or mediators, play an important role in the transmission and reception of literature. What is a cultural transmitter? What role do women play in the field of cultural transfer and transmission and how active were women in developing the profession of cultural transmitter?

In this volume, the first in the series Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission (CTaT), a select group of scholars from various disciplines from Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia discuss the concept of ‘cultural transmitter' from a gender perspective. The importance of the ideologies women cultural transmitters themselves entertained concerning the reception of literature is also investigated.

The essays demonstrate that religious, political and economic structures played guiding roles in the lives of many women cultural transmitters. Therefore, they dealt with feminism and sociopolitical issues, sexual politics, the practice of translation (to earn money), the role of women in society and how women were raised, the position of women writers and critics and religion. Examples of other fields in which women cultural transmitters were involved include science and philosophy. Furthermore, the discusssion of the concept of 'cultural transmitter' from a gender perspective reveals that religion, nation, womanhood and entrepreneurship are important aspects to be incorporated into any definition of a cultural transmitter.

While the focus is on Scandinavia and the Dutch-speaking region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the positions and activities of the cultural transmitters discussed can be 'translated' into other language areas and 'transferred' to other periods.

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Contents

Preface vii

Petra Broomans
Introduction: Women as Transmitters of Ideas   1

Janke Klok
From our Correspondent in Europe - Camilla Collett (1813-1895) and Cultural Transmission   21

Liselotte Vandenbussche, Griet Vandermassen, Marysa Demoor & Johan Braeckman
Virginie Loveling (1836-1923) as a Cultural Mediator: From Translating Klaus Groth to Manipulating Charles Darwin   47

Ebba Witt-Brattstrom
Laura Marholm (1854-1928): Nordic Cultural Transmission with a Heterosexual Vengeance   73

Ester Jiresch
Margaretha Meyboom (1856-1927) -  ‘Cultural Transmitter', Feminist or Socialist?   101

Geraldine Reymenants
Catholicism as a Stepping Stone to Authorship: The Contribution of Women to the Flemish Catholic Periodical Dietsche Warande en Belfort   121

Marta Ronne
Decoding a Genius Mind - The French Philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) and the Swedish Critic Margit Abenius (1899-1970): a Case of Cultural Transmission   139

About the Authors   159

Bibliography   163

Index   177

Reviews

- Tidskrift för Litteraturvetenskap 2011:3-4, 154-155 
- Helen Forsas-Scott, Scandinavica (2011) 50:1, 107-111

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