Women, the Novel, and the German Nation, 1771-1871: Domestic Fiction in the Fatherland

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Todd Kontje surveys novels by German women over the one-hundred-year period that stretches from the beginnings of a German national literature to the founding of its nation-state. Introducing readers to the lives and works of fourteen women writers of the period, including Sophie von LaRoche, Sophie Mereau, Fanny Lewald, and Eugenie Marlitt, he shows the historical and thematic coherence of a body of fiction by women that has been obscured by traditional literary histories. He explores ways in which novels about ...
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Overview

Todd Kontje surveys novels by German women over the one-hundred-year period that stretches from the beginnings of a German national literature to the founding of its nation-state. Introducing readers to the lives and works of fourteen women writers of the period, including Sophie von LaRoche, Sophie Mereau, Fanny Lewald, and Eugenie Marlitt, he shows the historical and thematic coherence of a body of fiction by women that has been obscured by traditional literary histories. He explores ways in which novels about traditionally feminine domestic concerns also comment on patriarchal politics in the German fatherland. Finally, he argues that we must view the history of the German novel in the context of both the history of sexuality and the rise of German nationalism, and that novels by German women, often marginalized or trivialized, played a central role in shaping attitudes toward class, gender, and the nation.
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"Masterfully navigating German history with the canon of German literature, Kontje discusses uncharted waters, discussing authors who deserve higher ranking in a too-male German literature. Well written, competently researched, excellent footnotes, the book belongs in all libraries supporting German literature studies." Choice

"Kontje's work, with its up-to-date bibliography and useful index, constitutes an excellent introductory study to these works...Kontje treads new paths in emphasizing both the connection between domesticity and nationality in fiction and the differences (rather than similarities) among contemporary women's writings..." The German Quarerly

"an encompassing account of women writers during the 19th century..." Germanic Notes and Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521025423
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in German Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: women, the novel, and the German nation 1
2 The emergence of German domestic fiction 18
Introduction 18
Richardson: Clarissa's sacrifice 21
Rousseau: Julie's compromise 25
Sophie von LaRoche: Sophie's survival 30
3 German women respond to the French Revolution 41
Introduction 41
Caroline von Wolzogen: for a kinder, gentler patriarchy 43
Friederike Helene Unger: Julchen Grunthal's father fixation 51
Therese Huber: patriarchy vs. patriotism in Die Familie Seldorf 60
Sophie Mereau: experimental fictions 74
4 Liberation's aftermath: the early Restoration 94
Introduction 94
Caroline de la Motte Fouque: Romantic nationalism confronts modernity 98
Henriette Frolich [Jerta]: a cosmopolitan in Kentucky 107
Karoline von Woltmann: cosmopolitan conspirators at home 114
Johanna Schopenhauer: Gabriele's renunciation 122
Annette von Droste-Hulshoff: Ledwina's lethargy 129
5 Feminists in the Vormarz 136
Introduction 136
Ida Hahn-Hahn: the curse of the idle rich 140
Fanny Lewald: republican, feminist, Jew 152
Louise Aston: "Amazons," aristocrats, and other revolutionaries 170
6 Eugenie Marlitt: the art of liberal compromise 183
Notes 202
Works cited 221
Index 238
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