German Feminist Writings

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This collection is organized in five part: Education for Girls and Women; Women and Work; Women and Politics; Issues of Gender; and Women in Art and Literature. It includes more than 90 excerpts by some 50 women writers. Among the author included are Annette von Droste-Hnlshoff (1797-1848), Fanny Lewald (1811-1889), Louise Otto-Peters (1819-1895), Marie Freirfrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916), Hedwig Dohm (1833-1919), Helene Lang (1848-1930), Lily Braun (1865-1916), Rosa ...

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Overview

This collection is organized in five part: Education for Girls and Women; Women and Work; Women and Politics; Issues of Gender; and Women in Art and Literature. It includes more than 90 excerpts by some 50 women writers. Among the author included are Annette von Droste-Hnlshoff (1797-1848), Fanny Lewald (1811-1889), Louise Otto-Peters (1819-1895), Marie Freirfrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916), Hedwig Dohm (1833-1919), Helene Lang (1848-1930), Lily Braun (1865-1916), Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) and many more.

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The Socialist government of the former East Germany provided women with what liberal feminists in Western democracies presumably want: affordable childcare, legalized abortion, and equal employment opportunities. In her lucid, lively study of feminist East German authors, Martens (German, Univ. of Virginia) shows why these offerings were not enough. According to Marxist doctrine, gender inequality would vanish with the abolition of a class system. Yet important East German women like novelist Christa Wolf insisted on women's difference rather than celebrating the abstract ideals of absolute equality as promulgated by the Socialist state. Since it was forbidden to question the overriding significance attributed to class struggle, feminism never became a popular movement in East Germany, and women's literature passed government censors only when it treated women's issues as a secondary concern. Martens explains that East German feminist writing had to resign itself to pointing out the apparently "contradictory" instances of inequality that remained under socialism. Nonetheless, East German feminist writers could draw on a range of precursors. Some of their work is now usefully available in an expansive collection edited by Herminghouse and Mueller. These writings, including those by well-known figures such as Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin, and Bertha Pappenheim (Freud's famous patient "Anna O."), cover concerns ranging from education, work, and politics to art and literature. Regrettably, the editors, who have published collections of works by German women writers like Ingeborg Bachmann, chose to exclude early feminist male-authored texts by Friedrich Engels, Johann Bachhofen, and August Bebel that Martens holds significant for an understanding of feminism anywhere. Still, this anthology is an important addition for research libraries, while Martens's book is recommended for academic libraries and specialized collections in women's writing. Ulrich Baer, New York Univ. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Spanning 250 years and representing a range of opinion, 97 essays address issues of cultural and historical significance for the feminist movement in Germany. These include: women's education, work, politics, gender, and representations of women in art and literature. Among the authors included are Anneke, Dohm, von Droste-H<:u>lshoff, von Ebner-Eschenbach, Lewald, Luxemburg, Mitgutsch, Moltmann-Wendel, Morgner, Otto-Peters, and Rueling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826412812
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: German Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author


Patricia A. Herminghouse is on the editorial board of The German Library and teaches at the University of Rochester.

Magda Mueller teaches in the department of foreign languages, California State University, Chico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Education for Girls and Women
To Cook and Spin for a Man (1777) 3
Letter from Dorothea von Schlozer to Luise Michaelis (June 19, 1785) 6
A Thorough Investigation of the Causes That Prevent the Female Sex from Attending the University (1742) 8
On Woman's Obligation toward the Higher Cultivation of the Mind (1802) 10
Education and Instruction of the Female Sex: A Book for Parents and Educators (1810) 14
The Participation of the Feminine Sphere in Affairs of the State (1847) 17
Instruction for Women (1856) 21
Seventh Political Letter: Treat Us like Men, so That We Can Become Competent Women (1870) 25
Are Women Allowed to Study? Can They Do It? Should They? (1874) 28
Hopes for the Future (1876) 31
On the Domestic Education of Girls (1876) 33
From Higher Education of Women in Europe (1889) 37
The Reform of Girls' Schools (1908) 40
Twenty Years Ago (1913) 43
In the Light of Memory (1953) 45
The Jewish Girl (1934) 47
At Home en Route: An German Life (1998) 53
Women and Work
The Lace-Makers (1851) 61
For the Female Workers (1849) 64
Domestic Life (1848) 67
The Right of Women to Earn a Living (1866) 69
Third Easter Letter for Women: Training for Domestic Servants (1863) 71
Ninth Easter Letter for Women: Shelters for Working-Class Women (1863) 76
Tenth Political Letter: Work and Family Values (1869) 80
Are Motherhood and Domesticity Compatible with a Profession? (1903) 82
Autobiography of a Working Woman (1903) 84
The First Female Workers' Strike in Vienna (1912) 87
Women's Work and Housekeeping (1901) 90
Rationalization in the Household (ca. 1927) 96
The Social Condition of Female White-Collar Workers (1930) 99
Female Teachers (1930) 101
Community Commissioners for [Gender] Equality: Possibilities and Problems (1992) 104
Women and Politics
In Praise of the Male Sex, as Seen by Certain Females (1739) 109
Editor's Farewell (1850) 112
The Conviction of Susan B. Anthony (1873) 114
Ninth Political Letter: Emancipation and Feminine Virtue (1869) 116
The Women Question (1876) 119
The Right of Woman's Suffrage (1876) 121
The Woman Question in Switzerland (1884) 123
The Conservative and the Radical Women's Movement (1941) 125
There Were No Social-Democratic Women's Organizations (1921) 128
Our Goals (Excerpt from Die Frau) (1893) 130
The Modern Woman's Rights Movement in Germany (1912) 132
The New Woman (1893) 137
Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle (1912) 139
Women of the Working People (1915) 144
Speech in San Francisco (1912) 147
Female Pacifism (1917/1922) 149
Love and the Right to Vote (1914) 151
The German Woman and Her Tasks in the New Republic (1919) 153
Origins of the Contemporary Women's Movement (1968) 156
Women in the SDS; or, On Our Own Behalf (1968) 160
Cross-Thinking/Counter-Questioning/Protest (1987) 163
The End of Socialism in Europe: A New Challenge for Socialist Feminism? (1992) 167
Issues of Gender
A Maid's Fortune (1739) 175
A Marriage Proposal (1862) 176
Banishment (1846) 180
Woman in Conflict with Social Relations (1847) 183
The Rational Marriage (1848) 186
Selected Aphorisms (1880) 188
Shame (1896) 190
Prostitution (1896) 191
A Manifesto to Germany's Women (1908) 194
Three Doctors as Knights of the MaterDolorosa (1902) 197
The Old Woman (1903) 203
What Interest Does the Women's Movement Have in the Homosexual Question? (1904) 206
Unwed Mothers (1912) 210
Marriage and Sexual Reform (1916) 215
Against Paragraph 218 (Lithograph) (1924) 219
How It All Began: "I Have Had an Abortion" (1981) 220
The Function of Sexuality in the Oppression of Women (1975) 223
The Future of Feminism (1976) 227
The Contemporary Witch, the Historical Witch, and the Witch Myth: The Witch, Subject of the Appropriation of Nature and Object of the Domination of Nature (1978) 229
For the Dignity of Woman (1981) 233
The Ceremony of the Bleeding Rose: Preliminary Reflections on a Film Project (1984) 234
Aggression and Gender (1985) 237
Feminist Theology (1985) 240
Language Is Publicity for Men - but Enough Is Enough! (1995) 243
Forty Years of Migrant Women in Germany (1996) 247
Women in Art and Literature
On the tower (1842) 253
The Daily Routine of an Eighteenth-Century Woman Writer (ca. 1783) 256
Women Writers (1862) 257
Family Literature (1905) 258
A Fable (1906) 263
Backstage (1894) 267
Women's Dramatic Sensibility (1930) 270
Making Use of Sexuality as a Productive Force: Karin Huffzky in Conversation with the East German Writer Irmtraud Morgner (1975) 272
Is There a Feminine Aesthetic? (1976) 278
The White Raven Has Learned to Fly: Some Ironic, Some Sarcastic, Some Serious Remarks, Plus a Polemic on a Pressing Problem (1977) 285
Overcoming Speechlessness (1980) 290
The Spot of Blood in the Eye of the Camera (1981) 293
Indiscretions of the Literary Beast: Pariah Consciousness of Women Writers since Romanticism (1981) 298
Double Focus: On the History of Women's Writing (1983) 303
the palatheater of the mouth (1989) 310
Some Theses Regarding Women's Writing (1997) 315
Cacophony (1994) 317
What Is "Women's Literature"? (1996) 322
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