Transatlantic Reading List

The Transatlantic Literary Women symposium left us with a huge list of summer reads, so to tide you over the summer break we’ve compiled a handy book list full of transatlantic women writers!

First up was Melanie Dawson’s talk on Age-Conscious Modernity. Melanie examined changing and conflicted attitudes towards the experience of age and ageing. Edith Wharton’s Summer is a fantastic exploration of the power dynamics in relationships between young women and older men, and Zora Neale Hurston dignifies the experience of ageing in Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Next, Gary Totten presented ‘Transatlantic African American Women Writers and Racial Justice in the Age of Jim Crow’. If you’re interested in African American female travel writing, Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells and Jessie Redmon Fauset’s columns in The Crisis are must reads. Both writers politicised their form in order to present a social critique of the violence and social limitations of the Jim Crow era, though in very different ways.

After lunch, Tracy Brain presented ‘Plath and You’. As well as more famous novels such as The Bell Jar, Tracy reminded us of Sylvia Plath’s (often overlooked) poetry. You can find a selection of her poetry here.

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Later in the afternoon, Claire Heuchan led a workshop on the connections between UK and US Black feminist writing. She touched on Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outrider, and the Bare Lit Anthology. Plenty to get your teeth into!

And finally – YOUR transatlantic literary women! This was where we gave participants in the symposium an opportunity to make a case for their favourite transatlantic women writers. Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz and Nella Larsen’s Passing were both championed, as was work by Leonora Carrington, Clarice Lispector, and the Galician poet Rosalia de Castro.

Whether you attended the symposium, or you’re just looking for something to read, there should be plenty here to get you started. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share them with us! Happy reading!

By Louisa Burden.

Review of our day in the trenches – and some goodies

Hi all!

In today’s blog, we look back to our day in Pollok Park, with a great review of the event and some goodies from the event!

U.S. Studies Online has just published a review of our April event ‘Transatlantic Women in the Trenches’ with Digging In.

Here’s a brief excerpt to give you an idea:

The event complemented the Transatlantic Literary Women series as a whole, providing a comfortable space in which the works of these often overlooked women writers can be rediscovered and studied. The day’s discussions were thought-provoking and engaging, in a time when coverage of senseless conflicts and rampant inequality still dominate the media. In the centenary of America’s entry into a war which opened wide the once unassailable values of Western civilisation, the event was a welcome engagement with women’s contributions to this period, and how these experiences were represented in their works and their lives.

The review was written by Alastair Millar (he’s just started a blog, Queery and Praxis, which you should definitely read), and you can find it in full here. Thank you very much Alastair!

This afternoon in the trenches was a real treat – and Pollok Park was definitely everyone’s favorite venue. We are now looking forward to seeing you at Glasgow Women’s Library for our upcoming Symposium, but in the meantime, we have some material from the trenches that we would like to share with you!

First, here are some exclusive shots from the day – featuring Laura Rattray, the founder of the series, and other members of the team. Thanks to Katie Falco and Ned Suesat (Digging In) for taking pictures of the day!

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We’d also like to thank Ned Suesat, for providing us with a recording of Dr Alice Kelly’s talk on Ellen LaMotte’s career as a suffragette, nurse, writer and activist. You can listen to it below:

Being able to record our events and to keep a trace of the series has been on our minds for a while, and we are very thankful to Alice for allowing us to record her talk! As you may, or may not know, we are also planning on recording our Symposium, with the help of talented sound technicians Mark Cunningham and Jamie Loggie. You will be able to contribute on the day if you so wish, and our Transatlantic podcast will be released over the summer!

That’s all folks! Hope to see you on Saturday 3 June!

The TLW Team.

Transatlantic Magazine Cultures Poster

Hi all,

Less than two weeks to go until our event dedicated to Transatlantic Magazine Cultures, with Dr Rachael Alexander! Today, we present you our new poster for the event. As usual, all credit goes to the talented Katrina Falco.

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We hope to see you there… Finally, if you’ve been keeping up with us on social media, you may have seen that Saskia and Laura were both at the Glasgow Women’s Library’s programme launch yesterday to talk about our upcoming symposium. Tickets are going FAST for what promises to be a splendid finale for the series, and if you haven’t I strongly recommend that you book your ticket!

Have a nice day!

Marine on behalf of the TLW team.

What You Can Expect on Saturday

Hi all!

I hope you’re well, and ready to join us for a tour of the Digging In trenches this Saturday from 2pm onwards. In today’s post, I’m excited to present you with a full programme for the day, as well as some practical advice…

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First of all, if you would like to have a look at the topics our speakers will be broaching during the afternoon, you can download our full programme here. In short, here’s what you can expect on the day:

  • 2pm: Welcome from the team
  • 2:10pm: Dr. Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow), ‘American Women Writers and the First World War’
  • 2.30pm: Dr. Alice Kelly (University of Oxford), ‘Nurse, Suffragette, War Writer: Ellen N. LaMotte and The Backwash of War
  • 3pm: Tour of the Trenches led by Dr. Olivia Lelong (Northlight Heritage)

3:40pm:

  • 3:40pm: Long Table run by Mags Keohane, Marine Furet, Saskia McCracken, and Louisa Burden

or:

  • 3:40pm: Dr. Hannah Tweed (University of Glasgow), ‘Women Writers at the Front: Medical Service and Subversion in the First World War’
  • 4pm: Anna Girling (University of Edinburgh), ‘Maddened with War: Nancy Cunard and the First World War’

As you can see, we have a lot planned for the day, and you can come and go as you like, or spend the whole afternoon with us if you want! We do hope you’ll stick around!

Secondly, if this is your first visit to the Digging In trenches, here’s some advice to help you make the most of the day…

How do I get there?

Pollok Park is easily accessible by public transport, a few minutes’ walk away from Shawlands and Pollokshaws West railway stations in the Southside of Glasgow. The Digging In trenches are located near the parking, close to the Burrell Collection. You can check out Digging In’s website for more information on how to find them.

What should I wear?

As you know, this is an outdoors event, and we cannot guarantee that this will be a sunny day – this is Scotland after all. You should dress accordingly, and wear strong shoes (ideally hiking boots or even wellies as the trenches can get a bit muddy), and bring a raincoat or an umbrella.

Where is the bathroom?

I knew you’d ask! The Burrell Collection and its café are currently closed for renovation, but the bathroom is still accessible to the public, 5 minutes away from the trenches.

Please also feel free to take some nibbles and refreshments with you and enjoy a picnic in the park if the weather is nice!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us in the comments or on the page of the event here if you have any questions about the day.

See you soon!

Marine, on behalf of the TLW team.

Review of the TLW Creative Writing Showcase by Maria Sledmere

Hi all!

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We hope that you are enjoying this holiday break! Today, we are pleased to present you with another review of one of our events! This time, Maria Sledmere (whose poems you can find on the blog here and here) reviewed our Creative Writing Showcase with the Scottish Writers’ Centre for U.S. Studies Online.

Here’s a short excerpt:

The Transatlantic Literary Women Series is fast proving itself a popular network, with academics, creatives and locals alike getting involved in discovering the literary lives and works of transatlantic women. (…) A key strength of the series is its attention to both creative and critical responses to transatlantic interests.

You can read Maria’s review in its entirety here. Happy reading!

Marine.

Transatlantic Women in the Trenches

On Saturday 22nd April, the Transatlantic Literary Women series will be joining forces with Digging In to deliver an afternoon of talks, workshops, and tours of the reconstructed trenches in Pollok Park, all dedicated to transatlantic women’s experience of World War I. The event will kick off at 2pm, and as usual, all are welcome!

 

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American nurses at a Red Cross Hospital in Liverpool, 10 August 1918 (Source: Imperial War Museum, Q44160)

In April 1917, the American government officially announced their engagement in the conflict alongside the Allied Forces. Their involvement impacted on the lives of millions, not just the soldiers who went to fight. With this event, we would like to give voice to a different narrative of the transatlantic relationship during World War I, by shedding light on the experiences of the women who took part in the conflict, as doctors, nurses, campaigners and carers, but also as intellectuals, journalists and writers.

With Dr Laura Rattray, from the University of Glasgow, we will discuss the contribution of American women writers on the frontline, and the importance of the conflict to their literary production. Dr Alice Kelly, from the University of Oxford, will give a talk on the life and writing of American nurse and activist Ellen LaMotte. Dr Hannah Tweed, from the University of Glasgow, will present her research on women writers at the front, in a talk on medical service and subversion. Anna Girling from the University of Edinburgh will tell us about Nancy Cunard and her neglected poetry of the First World War.

There will also be activities for all, with a tour of the trenches led by Dr Olivia Lelong, accompanied by readings of texts on the conflict written by women. We will also give you an opportunity to participate in the debate, with a long table discussion facilitated by Margaret Keohane, and Transatlantic Litery Women committee members Marine Furet, Saskia McCracken and Louisa Burden.

Organised by the charity Northlight Heritage, DIGGING IN will be taking place in Glasgow until 2018, to celebrate the centenary of the conflict. Following archaeological excavations in the North of France, Digging In recreates trenches based on the historical Allied and German trenches in Pollok Park. By engaging with this environment, participants have the opportunity to explore the stories and myths associated with the conflict, and to imagine the experiences of the men and women whose lives became entangled with warfare.

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting day, and hope to see many of you there!

All the best,

The TLW and Digging In teams.