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Humor and irony in nineteenth-century German women's writing : studies in prose fiction, 1840-1900 / Helen Chambers.

Author:
Chambers, Helen, 1947- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2007.
Description:
222 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
  • Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture. [More in this series]
  • Studies in German literature, linguistics and culture
Summary note:
"Nineteenth-century German literature is seldom seen as rich in humor and irony, and women's writing from that period is perhaps even less likely to be seen as possessing those qualities. Yet since comedy is bound to societal norms, and humor and irony are recognized weapons of the weak against authority, what this study reveals should not be surprising: women writers found much to laugh at in a bourgeois age when social constraints, particularly on women, were tight. Helen Chambers analyzes prose fiction by leading female writers of the day who prominently employ humor and irony. Arguing that humor and irony involve cognitive and rational processes, she highlights the inadequacy of binary theories of gender that classify the female as emotional and the male as rational."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-213) and index.
Contents:
1. Annette von Droste-Hulshoff and Ida Hahn-Hahn : overcoming seriousness? -- 2. Ottilie Wildermuth and Helene Bohlau : harmless humor or subtle psychology? -- 3. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach : satire, physical comedy, irony, and deeper meaning -- 4. Ada Christen and Clara Viebig : laughter and pain in the world of work -- 5. Isolde Kurz and Ricarda Huch : the humor of skeptical idealism.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781571133045 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 1571133046 (hardcover : alk. paper)
LCCN:
2007000258
OCLC:
77574090
RCP:
C - S