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

Helen Fronius

Abstract

German literature during the era of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1770-1820) was dominated by men. Women were discouraged from reading, and scorned as writers; Friedrich 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 interdisciplinary study takes as its starting point the presence (rather than absence) of women writers in German cultural life, combining archival research, literary analysis, and statistical evidence to give a sociological-historical overview of the c ... More

Keywords: Germany, women writers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German literature, cultural life, gender ideology, literary production, dilettantes, reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199210923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210923.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Fronius, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in Geman, Exeter College, University of Oxford
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