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: 9780521656283
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Beginnings to 1700: 1. The Middle Ages Margaret Ives and Almut Suerbaum; 2. Women's writing in the early modern period Helen Watanabe O'Kelly; Part II. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: 3. The Enlightenment Lesley Sharpe; 4. Revolution, Romanticism, Restoration Judith Purver; Women's writing 1830–1890 Pat Howe; 6. Political writing and women's journals: the 1848 Revolutions Petra Boden; Part III 'Coming of age': 1890–1945: 7. The struggle for emancipation Chris Weedon; 8. Trends in writing by women 1910–1933 Sabine Werner-Birkenbach; 9. Women's writing under National Socialism Agnès Cardinal; 10. Writing in exile Sonja Hilzinger; Part IV. Post-war, East and West: 11. Restoration and resistance: women's writing 1945–1970 Margaret Littler; 12. GDR women writers Ricarda Schmidt; 13. Post-1945 women's poetry from East and West Karen Leeder; 14. Feminism, Frauenliterature, and women's writing of the 1970s and 80s Angelika Bammer; 15. Women's writings in Germany since 1989 Anna K. Kuhn; 16. Writing about women writing in German: postcript and perspectives Elizabeth Boa; Guides to further reading; Bibliographical guide to writers and their works.

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