Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined Dilettantes by Helen FroniusWomen and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined Dilettantes by Helen Fronius

Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined Dilettantes

byHelen Fronius

Hardcover | May 5, 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 andpublish 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 avariety of sources, the real story of women who read, wrote, and published in the shadow of Goethe emerges.
Helen Fronius studied at St Hilda's College, Oxford, for an undergraduate degree in History and germna. Her postgraduate studies began with an MSt in Women's Studies at Oxford, which was followed by a DPhil on women writers in the Goethe era (on which this book is based). She has been working as a college lecturer in German in Oxford,...
Title:Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820: Determined DilettantesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:May 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199210926

ISBN - 13:9780199210923


Table of Contents

1. 'Weiber=Apologeten' and 'Mode-Misogyne': Ideologies of Gender2. 'Uber die Begierde der Weiber, Schriftstellerei zu treiben': Authorship and Gender3. 'sollte ich gar nicht lesen, dann konnte ich von Sinnen kommen': Women and Reading4. 'Was will der reiche Mann der armen Frau fur diese Arbeit geben?': Women Writers and the Literary Market5. 'Gedruckt, aber nicht unterdruckt': Women and the Public Sphere