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Discovering Women’s History

German-Speaking Journalists (1900–1950)


Edited By Christa Spreizer

Discovering Women’s History brings to light the work of a selection of German-speaking women journalists from the first half of the twentieth century who made significant contributions to German life and culture, yet are barely known today. The volume builds upon scholarship on women and culture by focusing on individual journalists who published both within and outside the periodicals of women’s organizations and women’s magazines, thus offering a sampling of the vastly different perspectives of German-speaking women journalists during this period. The contributors to the volume aim to raise awareness regarding the great range of viewpoints represented by women journalists as well as challenging gender-based stereotypes of women’s writing that have traditionally tended to simplify the complexities of women’s diverse experiences. The volume closes with Erika Mann’s autobiographical fragment ‘I, of all People’ published here for the first time in the original English.
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LISA MARIE ANDERSON is Associate Professor of German at Hunter College of The City University of New York. Her research focuses on the intersections between religion, philosophy and literature in modern German culture. On this topic she has published German Expressionism and the Messianism of a Generation (Editions Rodopi, 2011) and most recently has contributed chapters to Messianic Thought outside Theology (forthcoming) and On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic (2007). She has also published a translated edition Hegel on Hamann (Northwestern University Press, 2008) and is the editor of Hamann and the Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2012). Her articles have appeared in Seminar, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. She is currently working on a translation of Rilke’s early poetry and an article about the parable as a literary paradigm.

DEBORAH BARTON is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation explores the role and influence of women journalists as political agents between 1933 and 1955 and examines their contribution to the critical intersections between politics and culture in the public sphere. She earned her BA from the University of Waterloo and her MA from the University of Toronto. She has received support from the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the DAAD for her research.

JANA MIKOTA teaches Literaturdidaktik and Literaturwissenschaft at the Universität Siegen. Her main research areas...

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