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It is striking how many young women writers have topped the bestseller lists in recent years, and in some cases also gained considerable critical acclaim for their novels. These young women writers have gained quite a lot of media attention as well, to the extent that in some cases, they seem themselves to be as important to the reading public as their work. This course will look in a comparative way at new trends in writing by women from France, Germany and Spain. We will read prose texts by three women writers and question why their literature has struck a chord with the reading public. We will look at the texts in the light of their depiction of society and the role of women in the contemporary era. We will also consider how their work relates to earlier trends of women’s writing, écriture féminine and feminist literature. In comparing the content and form of their work, we will investigate whether we can make some more general points about European women’s writing today.