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

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

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Late eighteenth-century German literature was dominated by men. Women were discouraged from reading and scorned as writers, but the attempt to exclude did not always succeed. This study combines archival research, literary analysis, and statistical evidence to give a sociological-historical overview of the conditions of women's literary production. 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.

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Keywords: literary analysis, eighteenth-century German, women's literary

Author(s)
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication year
2007
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
288 pages
Categories
Litterary Studies
 
Novels
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
9780191526244

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