New Resource – Olive Schreiner Letters Online

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) is one of the world’s great feminist writers and social theorists, with her novels including The Story of an African Farm and her political treatises including Woman and Labour among many other writings. She also wrote c4800+ exceptionally important letters between 1871 and 1920, a period of momentous changes in the world which her letters are concerned with, and which also brought changes regarding letter-writing and literary practices too. Schreiner’s letters – all of them, in full, detailed and easy to read transcriptions – are available world-wide in a fully-searchable electronic edition published in January 2012. The Olive Schreiner Letters Online is hosted at and provides a new, detailed, and unique electronic resource for social science, literary, historical, cultural geography, feminist and African studies research.

Schreiner’s letters are exceptionally interesting because containing her unfolding thinking about her writing and publishing activities, and also her developing analysis and social theorising regarding important topics that preoccupied her, including: metropolitan feminism and socialism, prostitution and its analysis, imperialism and the ‘scramble for Africa’, war & peace, changing understandings of ‘race’ and capital, intersectional theorising around women, gender and ‘race’, the South African War (1899-1902) & its concentration camps & women’s relief organisations, governance & federation, international women’s franchise campaigns, labour issues, international feminist networks, the Great War, diplomacy & pacifism, and much more as well.

The Project is funded by the UK’s ESRC (RES-062-23-1286) and the letters are published by the renowned electronic research resources publisher HRIOnline. Further information about the Project is available at: from where many Project publications and also Schreiner’s own are available to download; there is also an informational leaflet attached to this email.

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