New Depth and Vision Gained in Vienna

I like to support my reporting by reading relevant sociological studies or philosophical takes on the subject I’m writing about.

When I wrote the profile of a very talented Romanian writer, I read, besides his books and all the reviews ever written about them, books on literature theory and critical approaches on the idea of genius in literature.

They gave me a framework of what is important in terms of literary talent and where this author stood among his peers. They gave me depth and vision.

Now I am doing the same for this story. While in Vienna for reporting, I spent two days in the beautiful library of the ERSTE Stiftung, reading studies about domestic violence, gender roles, feminism, patriarchy, and even about Communism and how the egalitarian view of the system helped or harmed the women’s cause.

One of the most disturbing readings was about the social script of rape, which makes women think they cannot protect themselves from harm and therefore encourages them to submit to violence.

While not all of the findings may find a place in the story, reading about the complicated social relationships between men and women has helped me find the right approach to the story and come up with something new.

As I learned so much, reading about this, I will surely be able to give my readers a fresh view – and tools that will empower them.

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Georgiana Ilie

Georgiana Ilie, from Romania, writes in-depth features for numerous magazines on subjects including culture, human rights, environment and inspirational people.

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