XIII International Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association

  • Henriette Anna Margarete Partzsch (Speaker)

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The Complex Routes of Travelling Texts: The case of the Swedish Writer and Activist Frederika Bremer (1801-1865) and her Reception in Spain

Abstract: “We are a little flock, and belong to a small nation” – this is how, in 1854, Fredrika Bremer presented to the readership of The Times all those Swedish women who, like her, worked to improve the living conditions of themselves and their fellow human beings. Bremer’s self-placement at the fringes of the Western cultural system of her time invites us to re-visit the question of cultural transfer between centres and peripheries. While the author consolidated a strong network of contacts during her extended travels to the United States, Cuba, Switzerland, Italy and Palestine, her novels and travel writing migrated to different cultural areas, such as Germany, France and the English-speaking world. Bremer became a household name; with time she was transformed into one of the “mothers of the matrix” of the emerging women’s movement (MCFADDEN 1999).
This paper will look at the phenomenon Fredrika Bremer from another periphery of nineteenth-century literary culture, Spain. Based on Even-Zohar’s approach to the study of cultural transfer, I will analyse the interrelationship between the state of the literary system in Spain, the nature of the literary import, the role of the different agents of transfer and the function of Bremer in the Spanish literary system. My aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the transnational interchange of literature in nineteenth-century Europe from the perspective of its fringes.
Period8 Jul 201311 Jul 2013
Event titleXIII International Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association
Event typeConference
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map