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Domesticating the Public

Women’s Discourse on Gender Roles in Nineteenth-Century Germany

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Daniela Richter

The domestic sphere, the ideological as well as physical context of female life during the nineteenth century, featured prominently in German women’s writing of the period. Women writers, such as Fanny Lewald, Ida von Hahn-Hahn and E. Marlitt, who had begun to dominate Germany’s book market, addressed domestic life and female gender roles through a variety of genres. At the same time, activists such as Helene Lange and Henriette Schrader-Breymann let their vision of female gender roles shape the kindergartens and girls’ secondary schools they founded.
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.

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Index advice literature 10–11, 66–67 and cultural norms in the nineteenth century 11 dif ferent types of advice books 67 on unmarried life 110–114 Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauenverein 61 Allgemeiner Deutscher Lehrerinnenverein 64, 66 Armstrong, Nancy, Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel 14–16 Aston, Louise (1814–1871) 9, 57, 81, 88, 100, 167 Baisch, Amalie 110, 113 Behrend-Corinth, Charlotte (1880–1967) 55 Bewahranstalten 32, 44 Bölte, Amely 83, 85, 110, 113 Bruck-Auf fenberg, Natalie 83, 84, 86–87, 109, 111, 142, 144–147 Büchner, Luise (1821–1877) 3, 19, 97–99, 101–105, 110, 114–116, 147–151 biography 98–99 Die Frauen und ihr Beruf 101–105, 114–116, 147–151 on marriage 101–105 on motherhood 147–151 on unmarried life 114–116 Bund für Mutterschutz 140–141 Calm, Marie 83–84, 110, 111–112, 124, 162 Code Civil 81–82, 148–149 Deaconessate 32 Dittmar, Louise (1807–1884) 19, 96–105, 147–151 biography 97–98 Das Wesen der Ehe 19, 96–105, 147–151 Dohm, Hedwig (1831–1919) 7, 63, 81, 152, 167 dolls 46–47 domestic sphere 2, 15, 22, 84 and education 57–58, 70, 79 and maternity 150–151 Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von (1830–1916) 7, 23, 42–51, 153, 154 biography 43–44 depiction of the convent 49–51 doll imagery 45, 47–49 Das Gemeindekind 42–51 education 1–5, 11, 12, 19, 21–53, 55–80, 86–87, 97, 102, 108...

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