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

By Helen Fronius

The Goethe period of German literature used to be ruled by means of males. ladies have been discouraged from examining and scorned as writers; Schiller observed lady writers as commonplace 'dilettantes'. however the try and exclude didn't continually be successful, and the starting to be literary marketplace rewarded a few women's choice. This learn combines archival study, literary research, and statistical proof to offer a sociological-historical assessment of the stipulations of women's literary construction. Highlighting many authors who've fallen into obscurity, this examine tells the tale of girls who controlled to jot down and submit at a time whilst their efforts weren't welcomed. even if eighteenth-century gender ideology is a vital pre-condition for women's literary creation, it doesn't inevitably make certain the praxis in their real reports, as this learn makes transparent. utilizing various examples from numerous resources, the true tale of ladies who learn, wrote, and released within the shadow of Goethe emerges.

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Particularly ²⁵ Ernst Brandes was Therese Heyne-Forster-Huber’s uncle, and well aware of her intellectual pursuits. Either he is guilty of hypocrisy here, in that he exempts his own family from these remonstrations, or he is in fact complaining about young girls precisely like his niece. , Geschichte der Mädchen- und Frauenbildung, i. Vom Mittelalter bis zur Aufklärung (Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1996), 525 n. 527. ²⁶ Brandes would have been familiar with the attentions required of a lover, as he had had an affair with Lotte Kestner (Werther’s Lotte) three years prior to the publication of Ueber die Weiber.

Beeinträchtigung, ja [. ] Subjektzerstörung’ (see above) seems therefore to be misguided. Women themselves did not passively receive these ideas, but reflected on the implications of the gender model proposed by the likes of Humboldt and Fichte. In 1799, Charlotte von Kalb graphically expressed how this ideology looked to a woman: Das Testament der Männer an die Töchter lautet ungefähr so: Ihr habt kein Recht [an]s Leben, keine Liebe giebt’s für euch, ihr werdet verachtet oder genossen. ⁶⁸ ⁶⁵ Amalia Holst, ‘Über die Bestimmung des Weibes zur höhern Geistesbildung (1802)’, in Die Frau ist frei geboren: Texte zur Frauenemanzipation, i.

Ackermann’s goal was to determine all anatomical differences between the sexes except the purely sexual. ’⁵⁰ Sexual difference was no longer a superficial phenomenon affecting the sexual organs, but an organizing principle of the human body. As a result, human sexuality was radically reconstituted in the eighteenth century, and, as ever, reconstitution was more radical for women than for men. For thousands of years it had been a commonplace that women had the same genitals as men [. ] except [women’s] are inside the body and not outside it [.

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