Celebrating the female voices in literature
It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
With this statement Jane Austen defended not only the genre of the novel, but her fellow women novelists Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth, whom she presented as creating these extraordinary examples of intelligence, insightfulness, and wit. She made them especially visible and reclaimed their value.
Women Writers was born with the same aim: to make women writers visible at our institution, to celebrate and explore their achievements, and to create a forum in which researchers from different departments could come together to share their knowledge. In order to do so, it organizes different events (seminars, conferences, cinema forum) and collaborates with several research groups at the University of Salamanca (Proyecto: “Escritoras inéditas en español en los albores del s. XX (1880-1920). Renovación pedagógica del canon literario” (SA019P17). Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León, subvenciones del programa de apoyo a proyectos de investigación cofinanciadas por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER); GIR: “Escritoras y Personajes femeninos en la literatura”; Proyecto: “Narratives of Resilience: An Intersectional Approach to Literature and Other Contemporary Cultural Representations.” Referencia: FFI2015-63895-C2-2-R. Convocatoria: Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad.).
This page includes information on those activities, as well as information on recent publications by our partners, and reviews of works by women writers of different countries and times, to provide a guide for those looking to know more about these great –and often unknown- writers.
Welcome to Women Writers. We hope you find the events and publications of your interest, but, above all, we hope you enjoy reading the novels, poems and plays of these extraordinary women writers.
Miriam Borham Puyal and Jorge Diego Sánchez