The book places Otto-Peter's literary work in a historical and biographical framework. In the 1840s she investigated the condition of the German working class in a way that invites comparison with Engels, and used the material for early novels. Later in life she was involved with a number of women's organizations and edited a journal of women's emancipations; all these developments are recounted in detail, with helpful references to parallel movements in Britain and America.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix FOREWORD xi PREFACE xv INTRODUCTION 1 Beyond Romanticism 1 From the Revolution to the Reich 8 Self-Help as an Ideology 16 The Emergence of the German Women's Movement 20 CHAPTER ONE; THE RADICAL 27 Louise Otto's Early Life and Love 27 Louise Otto's Early Radicalism in Ludwig der Kellner (Ludwig the Waiter) and Kathinka 33 Cautionary Tales of Religious Extremism: Die Freunde and Romisch und Deutsch (Rome versus Germany) 41 Louise Otto's 'succes de scandale': Schloss und Fabrik (Stately Home and Mill) 50 CHAPTER TWO: THE REVOLUTIONARY 59 The Events of 1848 59 Rebellion in Ein Bauernsohn (A Farmer's Son) 62 Louise Otto's Frauen-Zeitung 65 Louise Otto and August Peters: A Marriage Made in Prison 76 CHAPTER THREE: THE NOVELIST 85 Major Themes in Louise Otto's Novels 1850-1867 85 Friendship in Buchenheim 87 A Call to Arms: Vier Geschwister (Four Siblings) and Drei verhangnissvolle Jahre (Three Fateful Years) 90 An Angel Tackles the Priests: Cacilie Telville 97 Family Affairs: Andreas Halm and Zwei Generationen (Two Generations) 100 The Crucible of History: Nurnberg 107 'Follow the Sun!' Die Idealisten (The Idealists) 113 CHAPTER FOUR: THE FEMINIST 119 Das Recht der Frauen auf Erwerb (Women's Right to Employment) 122 The 'Genius' Trilogy on Woman's Role 127 The History of the Allgemeiner deutscher Frauenverein 130 Brief History of Neue Bahnen (New Paths) 139 VALEDICTORY EPILOGUE 151 Swansong: Die Nachtigall von Werawag (The Nightingale of Werawag) 151 In Lieu of an Autobiography: Mein Lebensgang (The Course of My Life) 157 APPENDIX OF POEMS 159 ENDNOTES 179 SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 205 INDEX 211