Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined Dilettantes - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)
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Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined Dilettantes - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 286 Pages / Published: 05/04/2007
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The Goethe era of German literature was dominated by men. Women were discouraged from reading and scorned as writers; Schiller saw female writers as typical 'dilettantes'. But the attempt to exclude did not always succeed, and the growing literary market rewarded some women's determination. This study combines archival research, literary analysis, and statistical evidence to give a sociological-historical overview of the conditions of women's literary production. Highlighting many authors who have fallen into obscurity, this study tells the story of women who managed to write and publish at a time when their efforts were not welcomed. Although eighteenth-century gender ideology is an important pre-condition for women's literary production, it does not necessarily determine the praxis of their actual experiences, as this study makes clear. Using a range of examples from a variety of sources, the real story of women who read, wrote, and published in the shadow of Goethe emerges.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199210923
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 479 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...a welcome sddition to the ongoing recovery of women writers...This reviewer applauds Fronius's call for a 'return to the primary sources'...As a reaction to German literary scholarship of the 1990s it is a welcome change from speculations about femininity, female writing, and gender trouble from Cixous to Butler. * Barbara Becker-Cantarino MLR *
The study has a number of particular strengths...Perhaps the greatest achievement, though is to have written an English-language book on this topic that will both satisfy scholars of differing persuasions through its well-considered intellectual contributions and induct curious students at undergraduate and posgraduate levels into this fascinating feild. * James Hodkinson The Cambridge Quarterly *

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