Towards Emancipation: German Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

Towards Emancipation: German Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Carol Diethe
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571819339

ISBN-13: 9781571819338

Pub. Date: 07/01/1998

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

No doubt, the feminist movement has come a long way, even though many of its aims have not been realized or, in fact, are still debated by its supporters and critics. It is sobering andinstructive to look back and examine the aspirations, achievements and failures of women of earlier generations, especially in the nineteenth century, on which subsequent

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No doubt, the feminist movement has come a long way, even though many of its aims have not been realized or, in fact, are still debated by its supporters and critics. It is sobering andinstructive to look back and examine the aspirations, achievements and failures of women of earlier generations, especially in the nineteenth century, on which subsequent generations of women have built. Although Germany has produced some famous and influential women writers and thinkers, no recent study exists that analyzes their work in a systematic way. This book fills the gap by discussing some of the major writers in the nineteenth century, beginning with late-Romantic writers, such as Bettina von Arnim and Johanna Schopenhauer, and goes on to discuss writers who were active in the 1848 Revolution such as Malwida von Meysenbug and Johanna Kinkel. With regard to the idea of emancipation the attitudes of mainstream writers examined range from lukewarm, such as the enormously popular Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and Gabriele Reuter, to downright hostile, such as Lou Andreas-Salomé and Franziska zu Reventlow. The heart of the book is devoted to the leading proponents of emancipation, HedwigDohm, Helene Böhlau, and the prolific Louise Otto-Peters.

Carol Diethe is Reader in European Cultural History at Middlesex University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571819338
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Romantic Legacy17
Henriette Herz18
Rahel von Varnhagen24
Caroline de la Motte Fouque32
Bettina von Arnim38
Ch. 2Weimar Connections47
Johanna Schopenhauer48
Adele Schopenhauer55
Ottilie von Goethe61
Annette von Droste-Hulshoff67
Ch. 3The 1848ers79
Fanny Lewald80
Johanna Kinkel92
Malwida von Meysenbug99
Ch. 4Popular Literature107
Ida von Hahn-Hahn108
Eugenie Marlitt119
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach128
Ch. 5The Woman Question137
Louise Otto-Peters140
Hedwig Dohm152
Helene Bohlau158
Ch. 6In Nietzsche's Shadow171
Gabriele Reuter174
Lou Andreas-Salome183
Franziska zu Reventlow190
Epilogue198
Indicative Bibliography200
Index213

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