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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.

Transatlantic Magazine Cultures

Tuesday 23 May, 4 University Gardens, Room 202, 5pm

Please join us for the final regular talk in the 2016/17 Series. We’re delighted to be welcoming Dr Rachael Alexander of the University of Strathclyde on Tuesday 23 May to talk about her fascinating research on transatlantic magazines. (Yes, we’re talking Vanity Fair, Tatler and Vogue!) Rachael will be discussing transatlantic magazine illustrations and collaborations, with a special emphasis on the work of illustrator Anne Harriet Fish.

Exams will be over, so come and join us for a glass of wine, snacks and a great talk! Refreshments are available from 5pm. You can confirm your participation, chat about the event on our Facebook page.

As always, the event is free and open to all. The TLW team hope to see you there!

Give a Talk at the TLW Symposium!

Have you booked your tickets yet for the Transatlantic Literary Women Symposium on Saturday 3 June? Talks, workshops, lunch, and a friendly welcome await. And it’s all free! Reserve a place here.

We’re also looking for volunteers. As part of our afternoon workshop, “Vote for YOUR Transatlantic Literary Woman”, volunteers will be giving brief talks on their favourite transatlantic literary woman. She can be a figure from hundreds of years ago, or someone out there today, a transatlantic literary woman who has inspired you, achieved great things, and/or someone who has been forgotten and you want to bring out of the shadows. The choice is yours!

Continue reading “Give a Talk at the TLW Symposium!”

A Trenches Postscript and Still to Come…

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our day in the trenches on Saturday! We were delighted to see you all at the talks, tours and workshops – and the sunshine! Huge thanks again to our speakers, Dr Hannah Tweed, Dr Alice Kelly, Anna Girling and to Dr Olivia Lelong with the amazing Digging In project. And on behalf of the whole Transatlantic Literary Women crew, we want to say a special, resounding transatlantic thank you to Marine, the TLW lead on Saturday’s event. Bravo Marine! Fantastic job!

We have three more events in the 2016-17 season of Transatlantic Literary Women and we hope you’ll join us:

There’s our final book club on Wednesday 26th April at 5.15 in 203, 4 University Gardens where the book under discussion is Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Come and discuss the adventures of Miss Lorelei Lee in a relaxed, informal, fun reading group over a glass of wine and snacks.

We’re very much looking forward to 23 May, when Dr Rachael Alexander (University of Strathclyde) will give a talk on Transatlantic Magazine Cultures (Tuesday 23 May in room 202, 4 University Gardens.) We hope you’ll join us for Rachael’s talk (refreshments available from 5; talk starts at 5.15). We’ve had a sneak preview of some of the magazine cover images Rachael will be showing from Vanity Fair and Vogue – they’re stunning! More information on the page of the event!

And, as our summer finale, we’re excited to be teaming up with the fabulous Glasgow Women’s Library for a day symposium on Saturday 3 June, with talks on Jazz Age women and advertising, Sylvia Plath, African American activists in Europe, Black Feminism across the Atlantic, a choice of workshops, and the chance to vote for your transatlantic literary woman. All this – AND a free lunch! What’s not to love? Take a look at the day’s line-up here, and find out more about the event and how to book here!

As ever, all events are free, open to all, and everyone is welcome. Please join us!

All best- Laura