The Political Woman in Print: German Women's Writing 1845-1919 by Birgit MikusThe Political Woman in Print: German Women's Writing 1845-1919 by Birgit Mikus

The Political Woman in Print: German Women's Writing 1845-1919

byBirgit Mikus

Paperback | July 31, 2014

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This book analyses the depiction and function of politically active women in novels by six female authors from the margins of the democratic revolution of 1848 and the first German women’s movement: Louise Aston, Malwida von Meysenbug, Mathilde Franziska Anneke, Fanny Lewald, Louise Otto-Peters, and Hedwig Dohm. What was their political stance in relation to democratic developments and women’s rights? How did they render their political convictions into literary form? Which literary images did they use, criticise, or invent in order to depict politically active women in their novels in a positive light? Which narrative strategies were employed to ‘smuggle’ politically and socially radical ideas into what were sometimes ostensibly conventional plots? These authors wrote before modern feminist theory was established; however, their proto-feminist observations, demands, and discursive tactics contributed much to the formation and institutionalisation of feminist thought. This book contextualises the authors’ works in their historical and social environment in order to evaluate what can be considered radical and political in the period 1845-1919.
Birgit Mikus holds a D.Phil in German Literature from the University of Oxford and is now based in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, as a member of the research staff. Her research interests include nineteenth-century studies, women’s writing, political literature, and philosophy of language.
Title:The Political Woman in Print: German Women's Writing 1845-1919Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:July 31, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034317360

ISBN - 13:9783034317368


Table of Contents

Contents: The Politics of Women’s Writing – Social and Legal History – Louise Aston and the Politics of the Novel – Malwida von Meysenbug: The Fight for Women’s Rights on a Personal Level – Mathilde Franziska Anneke: Fighting and Writing for the Motherland – Fanny Lewald: The Ambivalent ‘Première Dame’ of Women’s Literature – Louise Otto-Peters: Women’s Politics and Solidarity as a Matter of Course – Hedwig Dohm: ‘Bin ich ein Mensch - nichts als ein Mensch’.

Editorial Reviews

«Mikus gibt einen guten Überblick über die Anfänge der deutschen Frauenbewegung vor ihrer Institutionalisierung, über frühe feministische Strategien und viele Anregungen zum Weiterlesen.»
(Elke Spitzer, Ariadne Heft 96 2016)