Domesticating the Public: Women's Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Daniela RichterDomesticating the Public: Women's Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Daniela Richter

Domesticating the Public: Women's Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany

byDaniela Richter

Paperback | November 29, 2011

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The domestic sphere, the ideological as well as physical context of female life during the nineteenth century, featured prominently in German women’s writing of the period. Women writers, such as Fanny Lewald, Ida von Hahn-Hahn and E. Marlitt, who had begun to dominate Germany’s book market, addressed domestic life and female gender roles through a variety of genres. At the same time, activists such as Helene Lange and Henriette Schrader-Breymann let their vision of female gender roles shape the kindergartens and girls’ secondary schools they founded.
This book discusses issues of female gender role formation and examines the ways in which women’s writing and activism contributed to the process. As a result, a rich tapestry of female social discourse is uncovered, exhibiting women’s strong commitment to shaping their destinies within a largely misogynistic political and legal national framework.
Daniela Richter is Assistant Professor of German at Central Michigan University. Born in Löbau, Germany, she completed her MA and PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on cultural history and nineteenth-century German women’s literature.
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Title:Domesticating the Public: Women's Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century GermanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:November 29, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034301804

ISBN - 13:9783034301800

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Table of Contents

Contents: «Lasset eure Kinder Menschen werden»: Nurturing Gender Equality – Adolescence: New Educational Frameworks – «Im siebten Himmel?»: Reforming Marriage – The Life of Unmarried Women: From Misfortune to Opportunity – «The irresistible sword of female dignity and strength»: Maternal Politics.