The research project Кnjiženstvo – Theory and History of Women's Writing in Serbian until 1915 has been approved in January 2011 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, since 2011. A team of  researchers works on the history of Serbian women's writing and on the creation of a database. It is a pioneer project in Serbia in both aspects – as a team research of women's writing, as well as a creation of a database for a literary studies purpose.

The project's title Кnjiženstvo is an old and not much known word for "literature" in Serbian, chosen because it sounds as a combination of the words for "book" (knjiga) and "femaleness" (ženskost, ženstvo).

The project emphasizes theoretical and historical issues, such as: the applicability of feminist theoretical models on the research of literature; the history of literature as oral history; the reception and influences of women's writing. It will also focus on contextualizing of the events, processes and its participants in the actual historical time and space. Special attention will be devoted to notions and terms such as "literature" and "woman writer" (whose meaning will be historically contextualized and reconsidered), as well as to the questions of influence, education, and schooling system.

Knjiženstvo consists of an online database containing information about Serbian women writers until 1915: primarily basic biographical and bibliographical data, but also information regarding translations and other forms of reception of the texts, possible connections with other women writers (both Serbian and foreign), bilateral influences, links that lead to digitized texts, connections with other male and female authors, etc.

In addition to database, the journal Knjiženstvo is also the result the project.

The project cooperated with COST Action IS0901 entitled "Women Writers In History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture". This Action was being carried out with the help of an online database, central to the project and used as a tool for research into women's writing and their (national and international) reception in Europe up to 1900: WomenWriters.

The following researchers participate in the Кnjiženstvo project:

  1. Biljana Dojčinović, project director (Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature, professor of literary theory, modernism and gender studies, member of the COST Action Management Committee)
  2. Magdalena Koch, foreign researcher, ("Adam Mickiewicz" University, Poznan, Institute for Slavonic Studies, professor of Serbian Literature and gender studies, member of the COST Action Management Committee)
  3. Aleksandra Vraneš, researcher (Belgrade University, professor at the Department for Library and IT Studies)
  4. Zorica Bečanović Nikolić, researcher (Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, professor of Renaissance Literature at the Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature)
  5. Jelena Pilipović, researcher (Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, professor of Antiquity Studies at Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature)
  6. Dubravka Đurić, researcher (Singidunum University, Belgrade Faculty of Media and Communication, Belgrade, professor of Gender Studies and Literary Theory)
  7. Slobodanka Peković, researcher (from the Institute of Arts and Literature, Belgrade, expert for Serbian modernist literature and women's magazines)
  8. Svetlana Tomin, researcher (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, professor of Medieval literature)
  9. Slavica Garonja-Radovanac, researcher (University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Literature and Arts, professor of Serbian Literature)
  10. Ivana Pantelić (Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade, member of Serbian COST team)
  11. Gordana Đoković and Dragana Grujić, young researchers, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Department for Library and IT Studies.
  12. Dunja Dušanić, Snežana Kalinić and Ana Kolarić, young researchers, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature.
  13. Željka Janković, young researcher, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Department for French Language and Literature.
  14. Vladimir Đurić, young researcher, University of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for French Language and Literature.
  15. Radojka Jevtić, Marija Bulatović and Višnja Krstić, young researchers, PhD students, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology.

Our previous researchers were also

  1. Jelena Milinković, Institute of Arts and Letters, member of Serbian COST team.
  2. Slavko Petaković, researcher (Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, professor of Literature from Renaissance until Rationalism at Department for Serbian Literature and South Slavonic Literatures)
  3. Milica Đuričin, Jelena Josipović, Damjana Petronijević, young researchers, PhD students, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology.

 

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