Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership
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400 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

8 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Women and Gender in German Studies

Imprint: Camden House

Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership

From Maria Antonia of Saxony to Angela Merkel

Edited by Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson

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A collection of essays achieving a deeper understanding of the historical roots and theoretical assumptions that inform the realities and fantasies of German female leadership.
The Western tradition of excluding women from leadership and disparaging their ability to lead has persisted for centuries, not least in Germany. Even today, resistance to women holding power is embedded in literary, cultural, andhistorical values that presume a fundamental opposition between the adjective "female" and the substantive "leader." Women who do achieve positions of leadership are faced with a panoply of prejudicial misconceptions: either considered incapable of leadership (conceived of as alpha-male behavior), or pigeonholed as suited only to particular forms of leadership (nurturing, cooperative, egalitarian, communicative, etc.).
Focusing on the German-speakingcountries, this volume works to dismantle the prevailing disassociation of women and leadership across a range of disciplines. Contributions discuss literary works involving women's political authority and cultivation of community from Maria Antonia of Saxony to Elfriede Jelinek; women's social activism, as embodied by figures from Hedwig Dohm to Rosa Luxemburg; women in political film, environmentalism, neoliberalism, and the media from Leni Riefenstahlto Petra Kelly to Maren Ade; and political leaders Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel.

Contributors: Dorothee Beck, Seth Berk, Friederike Brühöfener, Margaretmary Daley, Aude Defurne, Helga Druxes, Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge, Anke Gilleir, Rachel J. Halverson, Peter Hudis, Elisabeth Krimmer, Stephen Milder, Joyce Marie Mushaben, Lauren Nossett, Patricia Anne Simpson, Almut Spalding, Inge Stephan, Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker.

Elisabeth Krimmer is Professor of German at the University of California, Davis. Patricia Anne Simpson is Professor of German at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Introduction - Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson
Women's Political Authority in Maria Antonia Walpurgis von Sachsen's Talestris: Königin der Amazonen (Thalestris: Queen of the Amazons, 1763) - Seth Berk
Maxims of Leadership for a Silent Readership: Sophie von La Roche's Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter and Mein Schreibetisch - Margaretmary Daley
Marcus Aurelius, Also for Girls: Discussions on the Best Form of Government in Enlightenment Hamburg - Almut Spalding
Dux Femina Facti: Gender, Sovereignty, and (Women's) Literature; Marie Antonia of Saxony's Thalestris and Charlotte von Stein's Dido - Anke Gilleir
Dux Femina Facti: Gender, Sovereignty, and (Women's) Literature in Marie Antonia of Saxony's Thalestris and Charlotte von Stein's Dido - Aude Defurne
Crossing the Front Lines: Female Leadership, Politics, and War in Die Familie Seldorf - Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge
Power Struggles between Women in Schiller's and Jelinek's Works - Inge Stephan
Age and Purpose: Unmarried Women and Female Agency in the Works of E. Marlitt and Hedwig Dohm - Lauren Nossett
"Heroism of the Mother": Women's Right's Pioneer Jeannette Schwerin, Motherlove, and Women's Leadership in German-Speaking Central Europe, 1890-1914 - Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker
Strategic Optimism: Bertha von Suttner's Activism for Peace - Elisabeth Krimmer
Humanizing Socialism: The Feminist Dimension of Rosa Luxemburg's Intellectual Leadership - Peter Hudis
Follow-the-Leader: Tracing Male Influence on Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph des Willens - Rachel J. Halverson
"Leaning In": The Career Woman as Instrument of Neoliberal Critique - Helga Druxes
Change, Persistence, and Contradiction: The Representation of Female Political Leadership in Gendered Media - Dorothee Beck
Petra Kelly: A Green Leader out of Place? - Stephen Milder and Friederike Brühöfener
"Mama Merkel" and "Mutti-Multikulti": The Perils of Governing While Female - Patricia Anne Simpson
Women Leaders in Troubled Times: The Leadership Styles of Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton - Joyce Marie Mushaben
Bibliography
Notes on the Contributors
Index

ELISABETH KRIMMER is Professor of German at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of In the Company of Men: Cross-Dressed Women around 1800 (Wayne State UP, 2004), The Representation of War in German Literature: From 1800 to the Present (Cambridge UP, 2010), and German Women's Life Writing and the Holocaust: Complicity and Gender in the Second World War (Cambridge UP, 2018). She has also co-edited a number of books on German literature and culture, including Enlightened War: Theories and Cultures of Warfare in Eighteenth Century Germany; Religion, Reason, and Culture in the Age of Goethe; Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership: From Maria Antonia of Saxony to Angela Merkel; Writing the Self, Creating Community: Germany Women Authors and the Literary Sphere 1750-1850, and Contested Selves: Life Writing and German Culture, all published with Camden House.

PATRICIA ANNE SIMPSON is Professor of German Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"Krimmer and Simpson bring together literary, historical, political, and media analyses to chart the shifting parameters for women's societal contribution and leadership since the eighteenth century. . . . [T]he contributions provide valuable insights into the strategies that women throughout German history have adopted to legitimate themselves amongst skeptical audiences. . . . German Studies scholars with interests in the history of women's writing and contemporary politics will find this volume particularly valuable; its historical and thematic depth promise new insights to any reader." Katharine Stone, GERMAN QUARTERLY

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Title Details

400 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

8 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Women and Gender in German Studies

Imprint: Camden House