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Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820Determined Dilettantes$
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Helen Fronius

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210923.001.0001

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‘Was will der reiche Mann der armen Frau für diese Arbeit geben?’: 1 Women Writers and the Literary Market

‘Was will der reiche Mann der armen Frau für diese Arbeit geben?’: 1 Women Writers and the Literary Market

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(p.136) 4 ‘Was will der reiche Mann der armen Frau für diese Arbeit geben?’:1 Women Writers and the Literary Market
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Women and Literature in the Goethe Era 1770-1820
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HELEN FRONIUS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210923.003.04

This chapter focuses on the reading public and the literary market in Germany as a whole during the 18th century. Changes in the book trade are examined with regard to the implications for women writers. The market situation is generally interpreted as favourable to women writers at this time of expansion and diversification, as shown by the fact that the rise in the numbers of women writers is parallel to the rise in the number of authors overall. Women's apparent ability to seize these opportunities is explained by an examination of their correspondence with publishers. The letters also demonstrate the women's deliberate use of normative gender discourse: women's putative gender characteristics appear not to be internalised, but deployed for strategic purposes.

Keywords:   reading public, literary market, book trade, gender

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