Absent mothers in western literary tradition An EU-funded project analysed the interchange between individuals who 'consume' the stories produced about their society, and the society producing them. The particular focus was on specific tropes in present-day fiction that relate to women and their subordination. Industrial Technologies © Thinkstock The project 'Transhistorical tropes of female subordination' (TTFS) focused on the transhistorical literary tradition of dead and absent mothers. Data collection was carried out for the first three chapters of a planned monograph titled 'Dead and absent mothers in western literary tradition'. The submission of a full book proposal based on this preliminary work was planned, with a view to publication at a major publishing house. Project research resulted in a number of articles being prepared for publication in various journals, as well as a joint edited anthology that has already been accepted for publication. Other writing produced as a result of the TTFS study includes the introduction and one chapter in the anthology 'Over her dismembered body: The crime fiction of Mo Hayder and Jo Nesbø'. In parallel with project research, a conference was organised and successfully gathered participants from Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Research on the TTFS subject matter will continue beyond the project's EU-funded timeline. Presentations of the outcomes of project research at two conferences in the United States were given in early 2013.