The Human Family

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 202 pages
The Human Family is the first complete translation of the cycle of ten novellas that Lou Andreas-Salomä (1861?1937) wrote between 1895 and 1898. This collection contributes to the rediscovery of Andreas-Salomä?s significance as a thinker and writer, above all with regard to her literary contribution to modern feminism and the principles of women?s emancipation. ø Born in St. Petersburg to a German diplomat and his wife, Andreas-Salomä has always been a figure of interest because of her close relationships to influential thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Sigmund Freud. Only since the mid-1980s, however, have her prose fiction and theoretical writings been reconsidered as important documents of emerging ideas and debates in twentieth-century feminism. The ten stories of The Human Family drive home her critical perspective on feminine stereotypes. They depict a wide variety of young women as they relate to men representing different degrees of enlightenment and tolerance, struggling to express a complete and independent feminine identity in the face of the confining but often seductive roles that convention and tradition impose on female potential. ø The Human Family provides a subtle and nuanced perspective on European feminist writing from the turn of the last century by a woman writer who was intimately involved with the literary mainstream of her time and whose theoretical and literary works played a significant role in feminist debates of the period, prefiguring present-day feminist discourse on essentialism and constructivism.
 

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Contents

Before the Awakening
1
Unit for Men Internal
21
Maidens Roundelay
40
One Night
61
On Their Way
76
A Reunion
93
Paradise
105
Incognito
133
A Death
152
At One Again with Nature
174
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Raleigh Whitinger is a professor of German at the University of Alberta. He is the author of Johannes Schlaf and German Naturalist Drama and the translator of Eduard M rike?s novel Nolten the Painter: A Novella in Two Parts.

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