This study set out to retrieve or rediscover the historical reality of women writers in Germany in the period 1770-1820. It examined the contemporary ideology to which women were expected to conform, contrasting it with actual experience. During this era, women's reading and writing was less restricted than ideology has led us to expect, and that access to the literary market was far less dependent on gender than scholars had assumed. This chapter concludes that, in spite of all the well-documented disadvantages women faced through their lack of education and of financial and legal independence, there was no general exclusion of women from the sphere of literature and culture, but rather a complex involvement on several levels — as readers, writers, public figures, teachers, actresses, translators, and correspondents.
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