Enlightened Reactions: Emancipation, Gender, and Race in German Women's Writing (Women, Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Culture 11 New e

Enlightened Reactions: Emancipation, Gender, and Race in German Women's Writing (Women, Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Culture 11 New e

By: Traci S O'Brien (author)Paperback

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This book investigates a central contradiction in the Enlightenment thinking of emancipatory German women's writing of the nineteenth century. Ida von Hahn-Hahn, Fanny Lewald, and Ottilie Assing wrote passionate arguments in favor of the emancipation of women, Jews, and blacks, promoting Enlightenment ideals of human worth and social contribution. They protested these groups' exclusion from social participation on the basis of purportedly natural criteria such as gender or race. However, their rhetoric of emancipation also relied on racializing discourse, demonstrating that these women writers, too, frequently supported social equality at the expense of another excluded group. The author develops her argument by analyzing Hahn-Hahn's fiction and travel writings set in the Middle East, Lewald's novels and letters about women and Jews in Germany, and Assing's "Reports from America" in favor of the abolition of African slavery in the United States. This wide-ranging comparative study offers a unique insight into German women's contribution to emancipatory struggles around the world.

About Author

Traci S. O'Brien is Assistant Professor of German at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and holds academic degrees from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published articles on women's writing, foreign language pedagogy, and German and Austrian literature.

Contents

Contents: Enlightenment concept of the individual - Views of democracy and progress - Travel to the "Orient" - Women's rights - Emancipation of Jews in Germany - African slavery in the United States - The "vanishing" Native American.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783039115686
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 341
  • ID: 9783039115686
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 3039115685
  • edition: New edition

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