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Anna Nordenstam


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
412 55 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Anna Nordenstam

On-going project

Gender and Science. The Development of Women's Literature Studies, in Sweden 1965–1985

The purpose of the project Gender and Science is to map and analyze the growth of women's literature studies in Sweden during 1965–1985. The project claims to examine the definition of such studies and whether or not they encompass a specific theory and method; it also provides a view of the Nordic region.

By tracing how the field has developed – from analysis of gender roles to broader studies of women's literature – the project affords new perspectives on a highly relevant period of Comparative Literature. Two pertinent foci are held upon on: 1) the gender-role seminar in Uppsala during 1967–1977, and 2) the so-called women's literature projects of 1978–1981.

Firstly, the genesis of the seminar is studied, along with its various networks, etc.; unique and hitherto unexamined source material concerning Karin Westman Berg is discussed, as are questions of historiography, gender and archival policy. Secondly, the texts generated in the Uppsala context are scrutinized: anthologies, pamphlets and lectures – as well as central terms such as sex-role analysis, feminology and women's literature studies. The project finally turns to a wider discussion of science and ideology, and also inquires as to the relationship between the women's movement of the time, federal gender-equality policies and the academy.