Women’s Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany
This book discusses issues of female gender role formation and examines the ways in which women’s writing and activism contributed to the process. As a result, a rich tapestry of female social discourse is uncovered, exhibiting women’s strong commitment to shaping their destinies within a largely misogynistic political and legal national framework.
Introduction 1 Chapter 1 “Lasset eure Kinder Menschen werden”: Nurturing Gender Equality 21 Chapter 2 Adolescence: New Educational Frameworks 55 Chapter 3 “Im siebten Himmel?”: Reforming Marriage 81 Chapter 4 The Life of Unmarried Women: From Misfortune to Opportunity 107 Chapter 5 “The irresistible sword of female dignity and strength”: Maternal Politics 135 Conclusion 167 Bibliography 171 Index 195
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