Hurry, item low in stock!
This book presents critical readings of eight contemporary German novels which feature historically documented women as their main protagonist, and which reconstruct women's lives by combining source material and invention. Protagonists include Cornelia Goethe, Caroline Schlegel-Schelling, Karoline von Guenderrode and Charlotte Corday. Through a thorough examination of these novels, the wider complexities of female identity, feminism, literary technique and historiography are illuminated and discussed. The author examines how historical events are used to substantiate ideological positions and how the narrators consider this problematic aspect of their project.

Recasting historical women - Stephanie Bird

9781859739624
£ 7.19
Hurry only 1 in stock!
FREE Delivery on ALL Orders!
Title
Recasting historical women - female identity in German biographical fiction
Author
Stephanie Bird
format
Hardback
Publisher
Berg Publishers
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19980401

This book presents critical readings of eight contemporary German novels which feature historically documented women as their main protagonist, and which reconstruct women's lives by combining source material and invention. Protagonists include Cornelia Goethe, Caroline Schlegel-Schelling, Karoline von Guenderrode and Charlotte Corday. Through a thorough examination of these novels, the wider complexities of female identity, feminism, literary technique and historiography are illuminated and discussed. The author examines how historical events are used to substantiate ideological positions and how the narrators consider this problematic aspect of their project.

We are Rated Excellent on Trustpilot
Here's what you say about us...

Stephanie Bird University College London

'(a) fruitful and complex examination of specific women… […](Bird) offers intriguing presentations of the contexts in which these historical women functioned - versus contemporary historical settings - and gives attention to gender issues and to the functions of famous figures like Goethe in each relevant text. Extended quotations in German, good scholarly apparatus, an extensive bibliography, and copious references to lesser-known texts make this an excellent volume for upper-level undergraduates through faculty and interested specialists.'Choice'The merit of Bird's approach is that, while ever alert to their weaknesses and limitations, she engages with the texts on their own terms, allowing for differences between them and refraining from pressing them into the service of an overarching theoretical construct.'Modern Language Review

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Women in literature.|German fiction - History and criticism.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
199

FREE Delivery on all Orders!