This critical anthology presents original scholarship and materials about the prominent dramatist and concentration camp memoir writer Elsa Porges-Bernstein (1866-1949). The individual scholarly contributions provide new insights into the issue of multiple identity and allegiance in the first half of the twentieth century. Bernstein was a Germanophile and, according to Nazi ideology, a Jew; she also assumed the traditional roles of mother and housewife; finally, she was a feminist and a socialite related to the Wagner family. The complexity and conflictedness of Elsa Porges-Bernstein appeals to contemporary audiences, as evidenced by the 2002 revival of her play
Maria Arndt, in Chicago.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 260 pp., 1 ill.
Contents: Helga W. Kraft/Dagmar C.G. Lorenz: Introduction: A Writer Beyond Nation and Time – Helga W. Kraft: Elsa Bernstein’s
Appeal to Contemporary Theater Audiences: Maria Arndt in Chicago 2002 – Helga W. Kraft/Dagmar C.G. Lorenz: Re-performing
the Frauenfrage in Chicago: Interview with Curt Columbus, Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre – Elke Liebs: Bernstein’s Königskinder.
Utopia of the Power of Love – Elizabeth Ametsbichler: Bernstein’s Works and the Women’s Movement – Astrid Weigert: Gender
- Art - Science: Elsa Bernstein’s Critique of Naturalist Aesthetics – Friederike B. Emonds: Revamping Female Authorship. Elsa
Bernstein’s Wir Drei and the Drama of Modernism – Sabine von Mering: «No servitude is as miserable as that of women.»
Elsa Bernstein’s Neoclassical Tragedies – Gertrud Roesch: Daughter and Sister. Family Structure in the Work of Elsa Bernstein
– Susanne Kord: The Eternal Feminine and the Eternal Triangle: Men between Two Women in Bernstein’s Naturalistic Dramas –
Deborah Vietor-Engländer: A Woman Hidden from the World: Male Pseudonym and A-prominent. Elsa Porges-Bernstein alias Ernst
Rosmer and in Theresienstadt L-126 – Dagmar C.G. Lorenz: Writing for Survival: Bernstein’s Theresienstadt Experience – Rita
Bake/Birgit Kiupel: Rediscovering Bernstein’s Theresienstadt Memoir.