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Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouque - North American Studies in Nineteenth-century German Literature and Culture 44 (Paperback)
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Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouque - North American Studies in Nineteenth-century German Literature and Culture 44 (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 18/11/2008
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This book examines the possibilities of political theorizing in the writings of early nineteenth-century German women and develops a new theory of reading women's domestic fiction. Drawing on feminism, new historicism, and hermeneutics for its theoretical framework, the study suggests significant changes to Jurgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere and women's role within it. The book re-evaluates the genre of domestic fiction and traces its use by women writers for political symbolism. Through novels, educational treatises, conduct manuals, poetry, and history books for women and children Caroline Fouque, the principal voice in this study, and other authors of the period participated in the key debates of the early nineteenth century, among them the anguished discussions about the crisis in masculinity after the defeat of the Prussian army in 1806, the discourses of national identity, the construction of a national past, and the reorganization of the feudal state.

Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039115754
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 150 x 220 mm
Edition: New edition


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"Baumgartner's work is a necessary, significant, and welcomed addition to feminist scholarship on female authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries [...]."
(Julie Koser, Goethe Yearbook)

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