This book is the first English account of women's writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, offering both an introduction and a chronological overview of the whole field of women's writing in German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present day. It will appeal both to students and scholars of German literature, and to a wider readership interested in women's writing and gender studies wishing to learn about the diversity and development of writing by women in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The sixteen chapters, written by experts in their field, provide a comprehensive account of women's writing over a thousand-year period. Extensive guides to further reading, and a detailed guide to more than four hundred writers and works, together with an index for cross-referencing, form an integral part of the volume.
Introduction; Part I. Beginnings to 1700: 1. The Middle Ages Margaret Ives and Almut Suerbaum; 2. Women's writing in the early modern period Helen Watanabe O'Kelly; Part II. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: 3. The Enlightenment Lesley Sharpe; 4. Revolution, Romanticism, Restoration Judith Purver; Women's writing 1830-1890 Pat Howe; 6. Political writing and women's journals: the 1848 Revolutions Petra Boden; Part III 'Coming of age': 1890-1945: 7. The struggle for emancipation Chris Weedon; 8. Trends in writing by women 1910-1933 Sabine Werner-Birkenbach; 9. Women's writing under National Socialism Agnes Cardinal; 10. Writing in exile Sonja Hilzinger; Part IV. Post-war, East and West: 11. Restoration and resistance: women's writing 1945-1970 Margaret Littler; 12. GDR women writers Ricarda Schmidt; 13. Post-1945 women's poetry from East and West Karen Leeder; 14. Feminism, Frauenliterature, and women's writing of the 1970s and 80s Angelika Bammer; 15. Women's writings in Germany since 1989 Anna K. Kuhn; 16. Writing about women writing in German: postcript and perspectives Elizabeth Boa; Guides to further reading; Bibliographical guide to writers and their works.