Please join Transatlantic Literary Women on Thursday 12th of December at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh for a talk by cultural historian Joanna Scutts on forgotten women writers and our relationships with them. We hope you can join us for this discussion on a subject very close to our hearts!

2 pm, Thursday 12th December, Board Room, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW.

Free to all but booking required via eventbrite:

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‘Starving for Heroines: On Women Writers, Fame and Forgetting’ Why are we constantly rediscovering women writers? How do they get lost in the first place? In this talk the literary critic and cultural historian Joanna Scutts will explore the power structures that shape literary fame, and argue that we mustn’t let our hunger for individual icons blind us to the diversity of women’s voices. Real change – in how we read, remember, and write about brilliant women and brilliant books – depends on raising up a crowd of diverse, surprising, and transformative voices.


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Joanna Scutts is a literary critic and cultural historian based in New York. She is the author of The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It (2017)the story of a forgotten 1930s self-help writer and lifestyle guru for single women. As a postdoctoral fellow at the New-York Historical Society, she helped plan and launch a new Center for Women’s History, which opened in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Washington PostThe New Yorker online, The Guardian, and The Times Literary Supplement, among many other venues. Her new book project explores friendship and feminism in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1910s.



This is a collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and The Transatlantic Literary Women Series, which is generously funded by the British Association for American Studies/United States Embassy Small Grants Programme. Follow us on Twitter: @atlantlitwomen

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