[ONLINE] University of Aveiro, Portugal

October 21, 22 and 23 2020

A Study on the Women’s Writing Club through Participant Observation

Tatiana Carolina Lazzarotto
Luís Paulo De Carvalho Piassi

Writing is not dissociated from the experience and conditions under which it was produced, nor even from the subject’s experience and recognition in the society. In canonical Brazilian literature, this subject often has a profile: male, white, heterosexual, middle-class. Facing a secular tradition that sustains that women do not write, but are onlywritten, literature becomes a privileged space of expression. From then on, it is necessary to question where are the women writers whose narratives are not recognized by literature and how they articulate themselves to affirm their space as writers. This research proposes a case study of the Women’s Writing Club – a collective focused on the production of literary texts and discussion of the difficulties in the formal space of literature – in the city of São Paulo. The objective is to analyze the importance of a space that articulates women writers and proposes resistance to the hegemonic discourses of literature. The intended aim is to understand how this space allows literary production to be led by agents hitherto neglected. The research is part of a Master’s thesis in Cultural Studies – still in progress – and combines two methodologies: participant observation and conversation circles with group members. The relationships between gender, literature and experience are thematic axes addressed. The analysis will be based on Cultural Studies, Gender and Discourse Analysis theorists.

Keywords: literature; gender; experience; Women’s Writing Club.