1st Edition

Gender and German Colonialism Intimacies, Accountabilities, Intersections

Edited By Elisabeth Krimmer, Chunjie Zhang Copyright 2024
    344 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the intersection between gender and colonialism primarily in German colonialism.

    Gender and German Colonialism is concerned with colonialism as a historical phenomenon and with the repercussions and transformations of the colonial era in contemporary racist and sexist discourses and practices relating to refugees, migrants, and people of non-European descent living in Europe. This volume contributes to the broader effort of decolonization, with particular attention to concepts of gender. Rather than focus on only one European empire, it discusses and compares multiple former colonial powers in context. In addition to German colonialism, some chapters focus on the role of gender in Dutch and Belgian colonialism in Indonesia, Africa, and the Americas.

    This volume will be of value to students and scholars interested in women’s and gender studies, social and cultural history, and imperial and colonial history.

    Part 1: Intimacies

    1. Farming Frontiers: The German Woman Pioneer

    Patricia Anne Simpson

    2. Working for Weihnachtsstimmung: German Women’s Role in Recreating German Culture and Identity in German Southwest Africa and German East Africa, 1894–1906

    Kate McGregor

    3. Colonialism and the Politics of Gender and Literature in the Netherlands Indies: The Story of the Nyai

    Carl Niekerk

    4. Repairing Relations: Gendered Encounters in the Dutch East Indies in Wilhelmina Kruijtbosch’s novel Het witte doek

    Simon Richter

    Part 2: Accountabilities

    5. Reading Sojourner Truth’s Narrative (1850) as a Pioneering Literary Denouncement of Dutch Colonialism

    Jeroen DeWulf

    6. German Women and the Dissemination of Colonial Ideology (1907–1920)

    Adèle Douanla and Ésaie Djomo

    7. White Women Saving White Men: Women Writers in Belgian and German Colonial Literature

    Robrecht De Boodt and Anke Gilleir

    8. Colonial Revisionism and German Imperialism in Senta Dinglreiter’s National Socialist Writings

    Joseph Kebe-Nguema

    9. Fire, Savannah, and Passion: The New Africa Novel and the Construction of White Femininity

    Verena Hutter

    Part 3: Intersections

    10. Colonial Philology and Its Erotic Imaginaries: Kālidāsa’s Sìakuntalā in Germany

    Tanvi Solanki

    11. Völkisch Nationalism and Its Unfolding in the Colonial Context: Adda von Liliencron’s Historical Novels Giovanna (1881) and Nach Südwestafrika (1906)

    Aylin Bademsoy

    12. Maria Theresia Ledóchowska as an Activist in the Religious Colonization of Africa

    Esaie Djomo and Dorine Mbeudom

    13. From Colonialism to Contemporary Racism: Retelling (Male) Master Narratives from the Perspective of Marginalized Women in Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Fictional Texts

    Martina Kofer

    14. De-Naturalizing Gender and National Belonging: Literary and Essayistic Interventions by Otoo and Yaghoobifarah

    Helga Druxes


    Elisabeth Krimmer is a Professor of German at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of five monographs, including German Women's Life Writing and the Holocaust: Complicity and Gender in the Second World War, and the editor of fourteen volumes, including Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership: From Maria Antonia of Saxony to Angela Merkel.

    Chunjie Zhang is an Associate Professor of German at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism (2017) and the editor of Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe (Routledge, 2019). She co-edited journal issues on world literature, the Enlightenment, and Asian German Studies.