The Contested Quill: Literature by Women in Germany, 1770-1800

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  • ISBN-13: 9780874137620
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
1 Introduction 13
2 Between the Spinning Wheel and the Book: Friderika Baldinger (1739-86) 37
"Essay about the Education of my Intellect": Depicting Women's Basic Education for Cultural Participation 41
Beyond Literacy to Scholarliness 51
Marriage as Women Experienced It 61
Concluding an Androcentric Woman's Self-narrative 71
Writing and Desire 74
The Enlightenment Woman's Failed Transition into Publishing 80
3 The Enabling Effect of Difference: Sophie La Roche (1730-1807) 92
Feeling Woman, Educated Man: The Uses of Empfindsamkeit 99
Representing Women's Experience of Unhappy Marriage in La Roche's First Novel 103
The Tale of the Beautiful Band and Another Marriage Resister 110
Menacing Mothers, Dangerous Men 116
The Monthly Pomona and Its Audiences 122
Women and the Possibilities of Literary Groups 131
After Pomona: Writing for Women, Inventorying the Self for Men 141
4 Longing for Respectability: Philippine Engelhard nee Gatterer (1756-1831) 155
The Rules of Gender in the Empfindsamkeit of Sympathy 161
The Call of Poetry 168
Complex Relations with Male Mentors and Female Literary Confidantes 175
Philippine Gatterer and Gottfried August Burger 184
Poetic Versions of the Self within the Rules 191
Reception: Formal, Informal, and Nominal 202
Productivity after Marriage 213
5 Confronting the Lords of Creation: Marianne Ehrmann (1755-95) 221
Women's Sturm und Drang, or the Empfindsamkeit of Alienation? 228
"If ... I would become the first female rebel" 236
Disastrous Marriage and Innovative Aftermath: Amalie As a Novel Thematizing Divorce and the Theater 245
Mapping Misogyny: Ehrmann's Contemporary, Emilie von Berlepsch 258
A Journalist's Experiments with the Macabre and the Mundane 263
Protofeminist Overtures: Ehrmann, Berlepsch, and Others 274
6 Examining Passion: Sophie Albrecht (1757-1840) 286
Poetry of Passion 290
An Uncommon Life 295
Theresgen, Drama of a Woman's Love and Suicide 302
Women as Playwrights and Issues of Objective Alienation 313
Negotiating Subjectivity in Poetry About Femininity, Freedom, and Death 319
Women, Genre, and Issues of Change 328
Unraveling Marriage and the Reinterpretation of a Fairy Tale 334
From Legends of Cookbooks 341
7 Conclusion: The Contesting Discourses of the Needle and the Quill 346
Notes 353
List of abbreviations used in the notes 353
Select Bibliography 383
Index 403
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