Olive Schreiner Letters Project
The Olive Schreiner Letters Project
The feminist and socialist writer and social theorist Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)
was one of the most important – and radical – social commentators of her day. Her published writings include novels (The Story of An African Farm, Undine, From Man to Man), allegories (Dreams, Dream Life and Real Life, Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland), and influential works of social theory (The Political Situation, Closer Union, Woman and Labour, Thoughts on South Africa). Around 4800 of Schreiner's letters are extant, with most never having been previously published or discussed. These letters provide an unparalleled source for exploring the unfolding thinking of one of the great feminist theorists and key New Woman writers, and also for examining letter-writing practices in the Schreiner networks over a time-period.
The Olive Schreiner Letters Project is funded by the ESRC. It will transcribe,
analyse and publish the complete extant Olive Schreiner letters presently in
archival locations world-wide. Through this, it will also contribute
theoretically and methodologically to the use of letters and other epistolary
materials in social science and humanities research.
01 February 2012
Centre for Gender Studies
School of Social Sciences
Edward Wright Building
University of Aberdeen