Respectability and Deviance: Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers and the Ambiguity of Representation

Respectability and Deviance: Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers and the Ambiguity of Representation

by Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, Joeres
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226400654

ISBN-13: 9780226400655

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The first major study in English of nineteenth-century German women writers, this book examines their social and cultural milieu along with the layers of interpretation and representation that inform their writing.

Studying a period of German literary history that has been largely ignored by modern readers, Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres demonstrates that these writings

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The first major study in English of nineteenth-century German women writers, this book examines their social and cultural milieu along with the layers of interpretation and representation that inform their writing.

Studying a period of German literary history that has been largely ignored by modern readers, Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres demonstrates that these writings offer intriguing opportunities to examine such critical topics as canon formation; the relationship between gender, class, and popular culture; and women, professionalism, and technology. The writers she explores range from Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, who managed to work her way into the German canon, to the popular serial novelist E. Marlitt, from liberal writers such as Louise Otto and Fanny Lewald, to the virtually unknown novelist and journalist Claire von Glümer. Through this investigation, Boetcher Joeres finds ambiguities, compromises, and subversions in these texts that offer an extensive and informative look at the exciting and transformative epoch that so much shaped our own.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226400655
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Adrienne Rich: "Heroines"
Foreword
Preface: Locations and Stories
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Of Writing, Knitting, Labeling, Representation, and Other Activities1
Ch. 2The Literary Canon, Representations, and the Ambivalence of Desire35
Ch. 3Radicality, Gender, and the Ambiguity of Representation78
Ch. 4Influence, Intertextuality, and Feminist Analysis139
Ch. 5The Authority of Representation: Class, Gender, Professionalism, Technology, and the Conflicts of Change175
Ch. 6Die zweite Frau, Popular Culture, and the Analytical Categories of Gender and Class219
Ch. 7Orderly Ideologies and Disorderly Realities: Approaching the Borders of Public and Private Spheres256
Epilogue290
Bibliography299
Index335

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