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Respectability and Deviance

Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers and the Ambiguity of Representation

The first major study in English of nineteenth-century German women writers, this book examines their social and cultural milieu along with the layers of interpretation and representation that inform their writing.

Studying a period of German literary history that has been largely ignored by modern readers, Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres demonstrates that these writings offer intriguing opportunities to examine such critical topics as canon formation; the relationship between gender, class, and popular culture; and women, professionalism, and technology. The writers she explores range from Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, who managed to work her way into the German canon, to the popular serial novelist E. Marlitt, from liberal writers such as Louise Otto and Fanny Lewald, to the virtually unknown novelist and journalist Claire von Glümer. Through this investigation, Boetcher Joeres finds ambiguities, compromises, and subversions in these texts that offer an extensive and informative look at the exciting and transformative epoch that so much shaped our own.

384 pages | 16 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1998

Women in Culture and Society

History: European History

Sociology: Social History

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Adrienne Rich: "Heroines"
Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson
Preface: Locations and Stories
Ch. 1: Of Writing, Knitting, Labeling, Representation, and Other Activities
Ch. 2: The Literary Canon, Representations, and the Ambivalence of Desire
Ch. 3: Radicality, Gender, and the Ambiguity of Representation
Ch. 4: Influence, Intertextuality, and Feminist Analysis
Ch. 5: The Authority of Representation: Class, Gender, Professionalism, Technology, and the Conflicts of Change
Ch. 6: Die zweite Frau, Popular Culture, and the Analytical Categories of Gender and Class
Ch. 7: Orderly Ideologies and Disorderly Realities: Approaching the Borders of Public and Private Spheres

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