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Pasi spre instituţionalizarea feminismului în Norvegia
Steps towards the institutionalisation of feminism in Norway

Author(s): Alexandra Columban
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universităţii Vasile Goldiş
Keywords: Second wave feminism; Sisterhood; Radical feminism; Alternative press; Women’s literature vs. Popular literature; al doilea val al feminismului; „frăţie” a femeilor; feminism radical; presă alternativă; literatură feminină vs. literatură populară

Summary/Abstract: The present article discusses important issues related to the institutionalisation of feminism in Norway, by providing a case study on the country’s first feminist magazine, Sirene. The first part of the article focuses on the political and historical context which favoured the emergence of the magazine, and insists on a series of legal measures taken in the twentieth century – suffrage rights, equal payment, political representation, etc. – which provided the institutional framework for the women’s movement. The more comprehensive second part of the article focuses on Sirene itself: it analyses the magazine’s structure and key concepts, its political agenda, its aims, but also the branch of feminism to which Sirene adheres. The article concludes that the magazine represented an influential alternative to the mainstream press of the time, and contributed greatly to achieving the goals of women’s liberation movement.

  • Issue Year: VII/2011
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 71-82
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English