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- Description'Was ist eine Witwe mehr als ...ein aufgewaermtes Essen?' According to politician and statesman Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel (1741-1796), widows were superfluous beings and second-hand goods, but they were also perceived by theologians and moralists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a threat due to their sexual experience and supposedly ungovernable lust. This book analyses the overwhelmingly negative portrayal of the widow in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German fiction. Male writers in the works discussed repeat the theory that, once deprived of their husbands, widows become sexually voracious. Indeed, the widow is often presented as a dangerous sexual predator who is prone to violence. Female authors, however, highlight the invisibility of the widow and portray her as a figure alienated from society and her family because she has internalized the ideas propounded by Hippel. The widow is depicted throughout as a figure to be at best re-educated and at worst to be feared and guarded against.
- Author BiographyAbigail Dunn currently teaches English Language at the University of Bonn. She obtained a D.Phil in German from the University of Oxford in 2009.
- Author(s)Abigail Dunn
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication18/07/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleWomen in German Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number16
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2013
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Weight390 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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