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Sappho in the Shadows

Essays on the work of German women poets of the age of Goethe (1749-1832), with translations of their poetry into English


Anthony John Harper and Margaret C. Ives

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.
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.