E. Marlitt and her Narrative Strategies
This study is the first in English to examine E. Marlitt’s complete fiction. It situates her prose against the backdrop of women’s discourse and nineteenth-century historical developments in the German Empire. It synthesizes findings of both American and German scholarship to show how her social constructs advanced a liberal political agenda while resisting the conventional view of «natural» gender roles. The book provides a context for recognizing Marlitt’s clever use of the conventionality and acceptability of the romance genre to reposition the image of middle-class women. Her emphasis on personal autonomy, educational opportunities and new fields of professional engagement for women advanced altered images of family, class and national identity. Ultimately, this study of a popular author illuminates domestic, middle-class issues that underwent significant transformations equal to the Empire’s public developments under Bismarck’s politics.
Literature on E. Marlitt
Arens, Hans. E. Marlitt. Eine kritische Würdigung. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1994.
Bachleitner, Norbert. “Die deutsche Rezeption englischer Romanautorinnen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, insbesondere Charlotte Brontës,” in Susanne Stark, ed. The Novel in Anglo-German Context: Cultural Cross-Currents and Affinities. Papers from the Conference held at the University of Leeds, 15–17 September 1997. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi 2000. 173–94.
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