This book examines the relationship between critical work on early German women writers and feminist criticism more generally. It is emerged from a conference held in Oxford in 2008 as part of the German Women Writers of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries conference series.
Introduction Studying Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers Feminist Criticism Past, Present, and Future Part I: New Approaches 1. Forgotten Women Writers?: Reflections on the Current State and Future Prospects of Gender Studies 2. From Word to World and Back: Literary Studies and Gender Studies 3. Chasing the Cloudy Woman: In Praise of a Historical Approach to Women Writers 4. New Perspectives from Comparative Literature 5. Women as Professional Writers: Evaluating Biographical Encyclopaedias Part II: Case Studies 6. Nineteenth-Century Sentimentality and Renunciation: E. Marlitt's Goldelse (1866) and Gabriele Reuter's Liselotte von Reckling (1904) 7. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach's Lotti, die Uhrmacherin and the City: Questioning the 'Conservative' 8. Nursing and Caretaking Stories for Girls: Feminist Analysis of a Conservative Genre 9. Writing Back, More Truth than Fiction: Henriette Frolich's Virginia oder die Kolonie von Kentucky (1820) 10. Contestations of Normativity: Rereading Nineteenth-Century Authors with Current Moral Philosophy 11. Race', Gender, Nation: Colonial(ist) Constructions of Alterity and Identity in Frieda von Bülow’s Autobiographical Writings from German East Africa