By Jo Catling
This quantity makes the wide-ranging paintings of German ladies writers noticeable to a much broader viewers. it's the first paintings in English to supply a chronological advent to and evaluation of women's writing in German-speaking international locations from the center a long time to the current day. vast publications to extra interpreting and a bibliographical consultant to the paintings of greater than four hundred ladies writers shape a vital part of the quantity, so one can be fundamental for college kids and students of German literature, and all these attracted to women's and gender stories.
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Mechthild is no less extreme. ‘Alas ! Crown of Holy Church, how tarnished you have become ! Your precious stones have fallen from you because you are weak and you disgrace the holy Christian faith. Your gold is sullied in the filth of unchastity, for you have become destitute and do not know true love . . Whoever does not know the way to hell, let him behold the depraved priesthood, how its path goes straight to hell with women and children and other public sins’ (Wilson, p. 170). Another vivid source of controversy is the explicit sexual language.
Secular love poetry, based as it was on Petrarch or on the Latin poets, contravened conventions about the sexual purity of women. If we put all these factors together, it is obvious what the bulk of writing by women must consist of: predominantly verse and within that, religious verse and occasional poetry; in the realm of prose, non-fiction and autobiographical writing, with novels only making their appearance from the second half of the seventeenth century. Drama is the genre where women’s contribution is smallest.
On the whole, women appear to have been restricted to a more passive role until much later, so that the first woman to achieve similar independence within a courtly setting is Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken. After the death of her husband in 1429, she governed the duchy of Saarbrücken until 1438, when her son was old enough to take over. During the same period, she also engaged in literary activity and translated four French chansons de geste into German prose. Again, family connections provided the source and perhaps the inspiration, because the French versions of these chansons had been copied for Elisabeth’s mother, Margarethe of Vaudémont and Joinville, in 1405, and Elisabeth later revised and corrected her translation checking it against another French copy procured by her son in Paris.
A History of Women's Writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Jo Catling