Sophie Discovers Amerika: German-Speaking Women Write the New World

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Robert B. McFarland, Michelle Stott James
Boydell & Brewer, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
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In a 1798 novel by Sophie von La Roche, a European woman swims across a cold North American lake seeking help from the local indigenous tribe to deliver a baby. In a 2008 San Francisco travel guide, Milena Moser, the self-proclaimed "Patron Saint of Desperate Swiss Housewives," ponders the guilty pleasures of a media-saturated world. Wildly disparate, these two texts reveal the historical arc of a much larger literary constellation: the literature of German-speaking women who interact with the New World. In this volume, cultural historians from around the world investigate this unique literary bridge between two hemispheres, focusing on New-World texts written by female authors from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Encompassing a broad range of genres including novels, films, travel literature, poetry, erotica, and even photography, the essays include women's experiences across both American continents. Many of the primary literary texts discussed in this volume are available in the online collections of Sophie: A Digital Library of Works by German-Speaking Women (http: //sophie.byu.edu/). Contributors: Christiane Arndt, Karin Baumgartner, Ute Bettray, Ulrike Brisson, Carola Daffner, Denise M. Della Rossa, Linda Dietrick, Silke R. Falkner, Maureen O. Gallagher, Nicole Grewling, Monika Hohbein-Deegen, Gabi Kathöfer, Thomas W. Kniesche, Julie Koser, Judith E. Martin, Sarah C. Reed, Christine Rinne, Tom Spencer, Florentine Strzelczyk, David Tingey, Petra Watzke, Chantal Wright. Rob McFarland and Michelle Stott James are both Associate Professors of German at Brigham Young University.
 

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Contents

Schwimme mit mir hinüber zu den Hütten unserer
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Hier oder nirgends ist Amerika America and the Idea
30
A Swiss Amazon in the New World Images of America
45
Amalia Schoppes Die Auswanderer nach Brasilien oder
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Inscribed in the Body Ida Pfeiffers Reise in die neue
65
Mathilde Franziska Annekes AntiSlavery Novella
81
Ich bin ein Pioneer Sidonie GrünwaldZerkowitzs
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Seductive and Destructive Argentina in Gabriele Reuters
102
Land of Fantasy Land of Fiction Klara Mays Mit Karl
171
An Ideological Framing of Annemarie Schwarzenbachs
183
Fighting against Manitou German Identity and Ilse
205
Mexico as a Model for How to Live in the Times of History
219
East Germanys Imaginary Indians Liselotte Welskopf
230
Finding Identity through Traveling the New World Angela
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Discovery or Invention Newfoundland in Gabrielle Alioths
253
Tzveta Sofronievas Über das Glück nach der Lektüre
261

Inventing America German Racism and Colonial Dreams
111
Aus vergangenen Tagen Eine Erzählung aus der Sklavenzeit
125
Der verfluchte Yankee Gabriele Reuters Episode Hopkins
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Reframing the Poetics of the Aztec Empire Gertrud Kolmars
150
Synthesis Gender and Race in Alice Salomons Kultur im
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Amerika ist alles und das Gegenteil von allem
275
The New World in GermanLanguage
287
Notes on the Contributors
299
Index
305
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