Much scholarship and research has been devoted to the remarkable flowering of German literature during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Nevertheless the contribution made by women writers remains comparatively unknown, especially in the English-speaking world.
Sappho in the Shadows seeks to rectify this by examining and setting in a social and literary context the life and work of seven female poets, many of whom defied convention in an attempt to establish an independent identity. Each chapter is accompanied by examples of their poetry, together with English translations. The intention is to render the achievement of these pioneering figures more accessible to all those interested in womens' writing in the Classical/Romantic period.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2000. 280 pp.
Contents: Anthony J. Harper and Margaret C. Ives: Introduction – Margaret C. Ives: Anna Luise Karsch (1722-1791): a brave
woman goes to war – Margaret C. Ives: Gabriele Baumberg (1766-1839): in praise of love and marriage – Margaret C. Ives: Karoline
von Günderrode (1780-1806): the 'Tian' legend – Anthony J. Harper: Sophie Mereau (1770-1806): living to love and loving to
live – Brian Keith-Smith: Friederike Brun (1765-1835): in tears too there is joy – Anthony J. Harper: Luise Hensel (1798-1876):
a little bird sits captive within its narrow cell – Marion E. Gibbs: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848): the poet of
the ever-open wounds.