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The feminism and socialism of Lily Braun /
Alfred G. Meyer.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1985.
description
xvi, 235 p. : ports.
ISBN
0253321697
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1985.
isbn
0253321697
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1682717
 
Bibliography: p. 215-227.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-03-15:
This first book-length study in English of the German radical feminist Braun (1865-1916) is well written and carefully documented. Braun's feminist ideology developed between 1895 and 1915, but Meyer underscores its importance because she anticipated many of the views discussed by European and American feminists during the last decade. Braun came to Marxism from feminism and undertook a lifelong crusade to integrate the two concepts in a single movement. Meyer's attempt to rescue her from obscurity is a worthy and successful effort. He offers insights into feminist intellectual history and European socialist politics and draws a vivid portrait of late Imperial Germany. There are excellent notes and a detailed bibliography. Recommended for college and university women's studies collections. Sheila R. Herstein, City Coll. of CUNY Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-06:
A sympathetic portrait of the ideas of a radical fin-de-siecle German feminist by a noted German-American political scientist. After a brief account of the life of Lily Braun, Meyer (University of Michigan) analyzes in an interesting fashion Braun's ideas as expressed in numerous articles, novels, a two-volume memoir, a major scholarly publication on the women's question, and a treasure trove of letters housed at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Meyer is clearly impressed by his subject because of her foresight concerning the feminist movement and her courage in rising above doctrinaire Marxism (though she was an active member of the Social Democratic party). Braun's contribution to feminist and socialist thought was not that her ideas were original or creative, but that she was able to synthesize the two streams and add significant concepts of Nietzsche and Goethe. ``She wanted to humanize Marxism by feminizing it.'' The book is nicely printed with a good bibliography and an index. It is recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students interested in feminism, socialism, and/or Wilhelmine Germany.-C.R. Lovin, Western Carolina University
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" . . . a warm, interesting, intellectual biography . . . " - German Studies Review " . . . thoughtful analysis . . . fine book . . . " - Slavic Review
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..". a warm, interesting, intellectual biography... " -- German Studies Review ..". thoughtful analysis... fine book... " -- Slavic Review The remarkable life of the maverick German socialist feminist Lily Braun (1865--1916) and the relevance of her ideas to the women's movement of our own day emerge with strength and sensitivity.
Main Description
"... a warm, interesting, intellectual biography... " -- German Studies Review "... thoughtful analysis... fine book... " -- Slavic Review The remarkable life of the maverick German socialist feminist Lily Braun (1865--1916) and the relevance of her ideas to the women's movement of our own day emerge with strength and sensitivity.
Main Description
"... a warm, interesting, intellectual biography... " -- German Studies Review"... thoughtful analysis... fine book... " -- Slavic ReviewThe remarkable life of the maverick German socialist feminist Lily Braun (1865--1916) and the relevance of her ideas to the women's movement of our own day emerge with strength and sensitivity.
Main Description
"... a warm, interesting, intellectual biography... " German Studies Review "... thoughtful analysis... fine book... " Slavic Review The remarkable life of the maverick German socialist feminist Lily Braun (18651916) and the relevance of her ideas to the women's movement of our own day emerge with strength and sensitivity.
Table of Contents
prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Early Lifep. i
German Feminism Before 1895p. 24
the Spd in the Early I890sp. 39
the Women's Organization of the Spdp. 47
There is No Direction but Forwardp. 54
an Orthodox Marxist with a Few Ideas of Her Ownp. 61
Revisionism as the Liberalization of Marxismp. 77
Revisionism as the Radicalization of Marxismp. 95
the Alienation of Femininityp. 113
Feminist Politicsp. 128
Children's Liberationp. 146
Growing Isolationp. 160
World War Ip. 171
Conclusionp. 185
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 229
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