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Autobiography by Women in German

Mererid Puw Davies, Beth Linklater and Gisela Shaw

This varied and challenging collection of contributions written in German and English surveys a wide range of literature in German from a new perspective, namely that of autobiographical writing by women. In sixteen detailed analyses by an international team of scholars the volume explores theories of autobiographical writing and the heterogeneous ways in which texts by women from the Middle Ages onwards have used autobiographical material. The book addresses theoretical issues and thematic complexes as well as uncovering obscured texts and genres, providing both comparative and individual readings of texts as diverse as the spiritual writings of medieval nuns, diaries of the early modern period, and Holocaust memoirs. The book exposes and re-explores received ideas about women and the practice of autobiographical writing and, in doing so, redefines the terms of current debates in the field of autobiography. Beyond that field, it will appeal to those interested in the broader issues of writing by women, German literature and literary theory.
Contents: Mererid Puw Davies: Introduction – Michaela Holdenried: Autobiographik von Frauen - eine eigene Geschichte? Anmerkungen zum Forschungsstand – Ben Morgan: The Spiritual Autobiographies of Visionary Nuns and their Dominican Confessors in Fourteenth-Century Germany – Charlotte Woodford: ‘Wir haben nicht gewist / was wir vor angst und schrecken thun sollen’: Autobiographical Writings by Two Nuns from the Thirty Years’ War – Helga Meise: ‘Wahr ich den gantzen Nachmittag betrübt’: Trauer und Melancholie in der Diaristik von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit – Eva Kormann: Heterologe Subjektivität. Zur historischen Varianz von Autobiographie und Subjektivität – Angelika Linke: Sich das Leben erschreiben: Zur sprachlichen Rolleninszenierung bürgerlicher Frauen des 19. Jahrhunderts im Medium des Tagebuchs – Christina Ujma: Life as a Journey: Fanny Lewald's Autobiographical Travel Writing – Andrea Capovilla: Written on Water? Re-Reading the Autobiographies of Gina Klaus and Vicki Baum – Christiane Schönfeld: Confessional Narrative/Fragmented Identity: Emmy Henning’s Das Brandmal. Ein Tagebuch – Helmut Peitsch: Remembering the Persecution of Jews in Autobiographical Texts by Women 1945-1949 – Birgit Dahlke: Tagebuch des Überlebens: Vergewaltigungen 1945 in ost- und westdeutschen Autobiographien – Gisela Shaw: ‘Keine Chance, mich auf Distanz zu halten’: Ruth Rehmann, the Reluctant Autobiographer – Maja Razbojnikova-Frateva: Der autobiographische Effekt des biographischen Erzählens: Zwei Frauen im Spiegel des Textes – Karen Leeder: 'Vom Unbehagen in der Einheit’: Autobiographical Writing by Women Since 1989 – Carmel Finnan: Gendered Memory? Cordelia Edvardson's Gebranntes Kind sucht das Feuer and Ruth Klüger's weiter leben – Georgina Paul: ‘Life-Writing’: Reading the Work of Anne Duden Through Virginia Woolf’s 'A Sketch of the Past'.