Fanny Lewald (1811-1889) was one of the nineteenth century's best-selling German women writers and a recognized activist for women's rights. Twentieth-century scholarship has emphasized a gap between her progressive essays on the subject of the woman question and her more traditional fiction, which appeared to perpetuate the stereotypes of middle-class women dominant in the discourses of her culture. This study, however, identifies strategies of dissent in Lewald's fiction as well. It examines the role of various discourses - such as medicine, law, education, and the family - as gender-producing agents in the nineteenth century and focuses on Lewald's textual collusion with and resistance to this process of production.
The Author: Vanessa Van Ornam is a writer and translator living in Berlin and was Assistant Professor of German at Middlebury College. She received her Ph.D. in German literature from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her work on Fanny Lewald, she has written on Grimmelshausen's Courasche and published a translation of a novel by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.
Vanessa Van Ornam
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
North American Studies in Nineteenth-century German Literature and Culture