A History of Women's Writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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This volume makes the wide-ranging work of German women writers visible to a wider audience. It is the first work in English to provide a chronological introduction to and overview of women's writing in German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present day. Extensive guides to further reading and a bibliographical guide to the work of more than 400 women writers form an integral part of the volume, which will be indispensable for students and scholars of German literature, and all those interested in women's and gender studies.
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'It is not only hugely and authoritatively informative, but well-written and up to date … an invaluable reference work … a book that belongs on the bookshelves of everyone with a serious interest in German literature, in gender issues, or in women's cultural history and writing more generally'. Forum for Modern Language Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521444828
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Beginnings to 1700
1 The Middle Ages 13
2 Women's writing in the early modern period 27
Pt. II The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
3 The Enlightenment 47
4 Revolution, Romanticism, Restoration (1789-1830) 68
5 Women's writing 1830-1890 88
6 Political writing and women's journals: the 1848 revolutions 104
Pt. III 'Coming of age' - 1890-1945
7 The struggle for emancipation: German women writers of the Jahrhundertwende 111
8 Trends in writing by women, 1910-1933 128
9 Women's writing under National Socialism 146
10 Writing in exile 157
Pt. IV Post-war, East and West
11 Restoration and resistance: women's writing 1945-1970 169
12 GDR women writers: ways of writing for, within and against Socialism 190
13 Post-1945 women's poetry from East and West 200
14 Feminism, Frauenliteratur, and women's writing of the 1970s and 1980s 216
15 Women's writing in Germany since 1989: new concepts of national identity 233
16 Writing about women writing in German: postscript and perspectives 254
Index 382
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