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Tommie van Wanrooij MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Dutch History, Gender, Languages & Literature

Cohort/Start PhD: 2022-2023

Challenging the Canon: Women’s Rewriting in the Low Countries (1750-1920)

Leiden University
Promotor(es): Prof. Dr Rick Honings, Dr Esther Op de Beek
Start date: 1-9-2022

Challenging the Canon aims to uncover the types and functions of women’s rewriting in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century Low Countries and their diachronic development. In this project, I explore how Dutch female authors transformed culturally significant texts (e.g. the Bible and national histories) and genres (e.g. the epic, the novel) through literary rewritings. By analyzing these rewritings, I hope to elucidate the role of women authors in (re)claiming their (literary) history and female identity.