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

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Respectability and Deviance: Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers and the Ambiguity of Representation by Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226400662
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: Women in Culture and Society Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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