When you cross the border ‒ challenges of growing up in a female body through European female literature

When you cross the border ‒ challenges of growing up in a female body through European female literature

09/11/2020

Arete Publishing House

Maximum grant awarded: 59,294.05 €

Adolescence is a liminal period of crossing from childhood into adulthood and because of this it carries numerous challenges. For girls it represents an especially sensitive topic of perception and acceptance of one’s own body within socially acceptable norms, peer requests and the media creating the image of an ideal body. Body-image still leads to constructing the self-image and it often leads to unhappiness, fears and anxiety. The result is crossing the border towards behaviours and psychological states that can be life threatening. Through eight titles exactly dealing with topics of this kind of liminal behaviours, the idea of this project is to bring literature from eight European countries closer to young girls. These novels offer different female characters in adolescence having specific problems on the personal level through which their relationship with themselves is constructed, and further through it the relationship with the outside world. 
These are the topics requiring wider engagement, debate and communication and this is why an equally important part of the project is crossing the border of common promotional methods which would be achieved through performative approach to promotion of all titles through applied theatre and work with psychologists and pedagogues, and also cultural and theatre workers.