The Beginnings of Modern Gendered Discourse in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany: Literary, Philosophical, and Popular Portrayals of Female Orality

The Beginnings of Modern Gendered Discourse in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany: Literary, Philosophical, and Popular Portrayals of Female Orality

By: Heather Merle Benbow (author), Russell West-Pavlov (foreword_author)Hardback

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This book examines the gender dimensions of orality in German culture and thought around 1800. It uncovers oral resonances in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, demonstrates that pedagogical and didactic literature about women and girls is based on a suppression of female orality, contrasts medicalized models of (open) female and (closed) male bodies and reinterprets two classic literary heroines in terms of their oral conformity and excess.

Contents

Foreword Professor Russell West-Pavlov; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Gender and Orality in Kantian Thought; The Body of Art: Kant on Aesthetics and Perception; Sublime Masculine, Beautiful Feminine; Leaving Mother Nature; 2. Open and Closed Bodies; The Philosopher's Body; The Continent Male Body; The Female Body: A Leaky Vessel; 3. Orality Contained: The Ideal Feminine in German Popular Philosophy; Modesty as Female Destiny; Hungry Bodies, Hungry Minds; Consuming Wives; 4. Raising the Greedy Girl: Female Appetites in Pedagogical Discourses; Sophy's Silence; Excited Girls; Joachim Heinrich Campe and the Hungry Husband; Betty Gleim: Transcending Female Desire; 5. Modesty and Excess: Images of Orality in Goethe and Kleist; Goethe's Ottilie: 'Dringt nicht in mich!'; Luciane: Uninhibited Desire; Kleist's Penthesilea: 'Die Hungrige'; Offending the Aesthetic; Penthesilea's 'Mundigkeit'; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773447226
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773447226
  • ISBN10: 0773447229

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