Gender, Feminism, and Fiction in Germany, 1840-1914

by Chris Weedon (Author)
Textbook XVI, 192 Pages
Series: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, Volume 5


Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Germany produced a wealth of writing on gender difference. Much of this is still relevant today. This book examines how progressive women’s fiction, conduct books, and feminist texts negotiated and challenged scientific, philosophical, and religious definitions of woman. It looks at how class affected debates and at the role of fiction in reproducing and challenging ideas of gender difference. Written in an engaging and accessible style, this book will be of interest to general readers and those working in gender studies, German cultural history, German literature, women’s writing, and comparative literature.


XVI, 192
ISBN (Hardcover)
Deutsch Frauenliteratur Gender Feminism German literature Women's writing Geschichte 1840-1914 Cultural study
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XVI, 192 pp.

Biographical notes

Chris Weedon (Author)

The Author: Chris Weedon is Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University (United Kingdom). She received her Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). Her books include Cultural Politics (1995); Feminist Practice and Poststructural Theory (1987); Postwar Women’s Writing in German (1997); Feminism, Theory, and the Politics of Difference (1999); and Identity and Culture (2004).


Title: Gender, Feminism, and Fiction in Germany, 1840-1914