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Louise von François and «Die letzte Reckenburgerin»

A Feminist Reading


Thomas C. Fox

Although nearly forgotten today, Louise von François (1817-1893) enjoyed until the collapse of the Weimar Republic a reputation as one of Germany's outstanding women writers. Her life and work provide a fruitful testing ground for current feminist methodologies and theories. This study examines François's literary career as an example of the «anxiety of authorship,» presents a reading of François's finest novel, Die letzte Reckenburgerin (1870), and traces the reception of that novel.
Contents: Louise von François and the Anxiety of Authorship - Order and Ambiguity: Die letzte Reckenburgerin - The Critical Double Standard and the Reception of Die letzte Reckenburgerin.