The Development of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies of Continental Europe
Edited By Renate Haas
Renate Haas Europe and Beyond 1. Broader Contexts ‘Certainly we [American feminists] have as much to learn from the Euro- pean feminists as they have to learn from us.’ This observation is a century old and was made by Katharine Anthony, a distant relative of the famous suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony. Katharine Anthony criticized the not so rare feelings of superiority on the part of American feminists, which in her experience derived from lack of information. Against the backdrop of the Great War in Europe, she tried with her book to promote feminist commu- nication and solidarity by introducing the women of the Anglo-Saxon tradi- tion, who in her view focussed very much on the fight for political rights, to the insights and successes of the Scandinavian and German-speaking women, who, for their part, focussed very much on fundamental critique (marriage, gender roles; 1915: iv). Similar intentions underlie the present volume: to give greater visibility to the Continental achievements for the enrichment of international exchange; however, not only transatlantic but global exchange, and at the same time, because of an astonishing lack of information, exchange also within Europe, within individual countries, and within the English Studies of individual countries. The volume shows the impressive variety of Continental Women’s and Gender Studies in general and in English Studies in particular, and it does so for a representative sample across Europe, including not only coun- tries some of whose research in the field does manage to get recognition abroad but also...
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