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Writing Lives

A Female German Jewish Perspective on the Early Twentieth Century

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Corinne Painter

This book introduces the works of a German Jewish female author and provides a detailed analysis of the early twentieth century as she witnessed it. Although a prolific writer and leader in the women’s movement, Clementine Krämer (1873–1942) is relatively unknown today. Krämer’s life and works offer a fascinating insight into a challenging period for this community, as she experienced at first hand moments of enormous significance for Germany’s history: the First World War, the German Revolution of 1918, the polarisation of German political life and
the growth of the far right, and the rise to power of the National Socialists in the 1930s. Rather than focusing on one period, this book examines the full range of Krämer’s writings to uncover continuities and changes over her lifetime.

The book explores the following questions: how did Krämer understand herself and her role in light of her German Jewish identity? How did she challenge societal expectations for women and what limits did she perceive? How did she respond to the violence facing German Jews during this time? This important contribution to the scholarship reveals a fresh perspective on this tumultuous time in German history.

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Women, Gender & Sexuality in German Literature & Culture

Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, University of OxfordSeries Editor

Women, Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Culture continues the mission of the book series Women in German Literature, which launched twenty years ago. Originally focused primarily on women writers, the series is now expanding its remit to cover German cultural production more broadly and to include studies relating to gender and sexuality.

The series welcomes proposals for monographs and rigorously edited essay collections focusing on the work of women and LGBTQ+ creators as well as the representation of women, gender and/or sexuality in literature, media and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. The series contributes to efforts to broaden the German canon by publishing pioneering studies of relatively unknown writers, artists and filmmakers and cutting-edge assessments of more established figures. Studies of the history of women in German-speaking culture, such as the participation of women in German intellectual life and the struggle for equal rights, as well as historical considerations of gender and sexuality in German-speaking countries, are also encouraged.

Editorial Board: Helga Druxes (Williams College), Georgina Paul (University of Oxford), Helmut Puff (University of Michigan) and Yasemin Yildiz (University of California, Los Angeles)

1 Helga S. Madland, Marianne Ehrmann: Reason and Emotion in Her Life and Works. 340 pp. 1998. US-ISBN 0-8204-3929-0

2 Ludmila Kaloyanova-Slavova, Übergangsgeschöpfe: Gabriele Reuter, Hedwig Dohm, Helene Böhlau und Franziska von...

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