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Woman as mediatrix : essays on nineteenth-century European women writers /
edited by Avriel H. Goldberger.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
description
x, 200 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. --
ISBN
0313255156 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
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0313255156 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
general note
"Prepared under the auspices of Hofstra University."
Papers originally presented at the Nineteenth-Century Women Writers' International Conference, Nov. 7-9, 1980, Hofstra University.
catalogue key
4581190
 
Includes bibliographies and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-11:
A companion volume to Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World (CH, Apr '87), this collection of 15 essays focuses on European women writers, predominantly Madame de Stael and George Sand, but also such lesser-known figures as Sweden's Fredrika Bremer and Germany's Louise Otto. Both collections are proceedings from a 1980 Hofstra University Conference on Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. As might be expected with this type of collection, the quality of the essays is uneven, but most offer valuable historical information and some helpful critical insights into the work of writers who are not well enough known in the US. The emphasis and orientation of the essays is feminist; the approaches to these authors are more historical than theoretical. Scholars writing on American authors will be interested in the influence of these European women on American literature. Madelyn Gutwirth's article ``Woman as Mediatrix,'' which discusses de Stael's subversion of Rousseau's Julie in her novel Corinne, is particularly astute and has widespread implications for feminist critics. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.-B. Braendlin, Florida State University
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'œA companion volume to Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World ... this collection of 15 essays focuses on European women writers, predominantly Madame de Stael and George Sand, but also such leser-known figures as Sweden's Fredrika Bremer and Germany's Louise Otto. Both collections are proceedings from a 1980 Hofstra University Conference on Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. As might be expected with this type of collection, the quality of the essays is uneven, but most offer valuable historical information and some helpful critical insights into the work of writers who are not well enough known in the US. The emphasis and orientation of the essays is feminist; the approaches to these authors are more historical than theoretical. Scholars writing on American authors will be interested in the influence of these European women on American literature. Madelyn Gutwirth's article 'Women as Mediatrix,' which discusses de Stael's subversion of Rousseau's Julie in her novel Corinne, is particularly astute and has widespread implications for feminist critics. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.'' Choice
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This selection of essays reveals the response of nineteenth-century women writers to the industrial revolution in Europe. Although it illustrates the variety of social and cultural backgrounds of authors whose lives spanned two centuries, this volume is unified by the introductory essay which explains how the industrial revolution altered women's perceptions of their roles, rights, and places in society. Subsequent essays treat the dual rebellions of women against personal and political mores, and describe how they attempted to escape sexual and cultural constraints and effected social reform.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Nineteenth Century: Insights of Contemporary Women Writers (Bettina Von Arnim, Mary Wollstonecraft, Flora Tristan)
Woman as Mediatrix: From Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Germaine de Stael
Mme de Stael and the Position of Women in France, England and Germany
Sand's View of the English by Patricia Thompson Trollope's Choice
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