It’s no secret that women are generally underrepresented in mainstream literature. But now, thanks to the fantastic site History of Nordic Women’s Literature, 1000 years worth of – you guessed it – Nordic women’s literary history is available at the touch of a button.

The site, which was a joint project between the Danish Center for Information on Gender, Equality, and Ethnicity and the Swedish National Resource Library for Gender Studies, has compiled in-depth information about over 800 women writers. The creators of the site hope that the new found visibility of these writers will help them “reach the position within literary history they are entitled to.” I most certainly agree!

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As a Lit major, I was particularly impressed with the site's organization–information is sorted under three major categories: articles, writers, and themes. I browsed for while and “discovered” several new-to-me writers, like uber badass Iris Uurto (who wrote about lust and the libido and inspired widespread controversy about morality in literature). I recommend you all poke around the website and see if you find a writer who tickles your fancy!

(Photo via nordicwomensliterature.net)

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