COBWWWEB: Connections Between Women and Writings Within European Borders


A scholar application for research on the WomenWriters Database and connected databases in women’s literature. The WomenWriters Database contains information on the production of women authors from the middle ages up to c. 1900, and on the reception of their works by contemporaries as well as early literary historians (both men and women). Are concerned: women active as authors in European countries and their (former) colonies. Thus the database allows the study of these women's writing in their international context, and the place to be attributed to them in transnational historiography.


The WomenWriters database includes biographical data on more than 4.000 authors and over 22.000 references to reception data found in sources like the periodical press, early literary history and private correspondences. A significant part of the dataset was collected in the NWO digitizing project The International Reception of Women’s Writing (2004-2007), focusing on authors received in the Netherlands. A second NWO internationalising project called New approaches to European Women’s Writing (2007-2010) and the subsequent COST Action Women Writers in History (2009‐2013) brought together a large international community of scholars and used the Dutch data collection as an example for other colleagues.
COBWWWEB enables a connection between the various national projects on this subject into a growing international data network. A virtual research environment on top of this network makes all material from participating data providers accessible for European and interdisciplinary research.

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