Amazons and Apprentices

Amazons and Apprentices

Women and the German Parnassus in the Early Enlightenment

Katherine R. Goodman


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Camden House



Examines the role of women -- particularly Luise Gottsched and Christiane von Ziegler -- in the Gottsched circle's early 18th-century efforts to reform and revitalize German intellectual life.
For a brief time in the eighteenth century, Johann Christoph Gottsched and his circle -- including prominently his wife, Luise Adelgunde Victoria Gottsched, née Kulmus -- dominated efforts to construct a German culture sophisticated enough to rival the French. In the 1730s they attempted to codify the grammar and spelling of written German, elevate German literature, refine cultural practices and taste, and introduce enlightened ideas. Gottsched's efforts to involve women in this process have been noted, but in Amazons and Apprentices, Katherine Goodman examines for the first time the Gottsched circle's intitiatives regarding intellectual women in the context of the broader discourse of which they were an important part. She presents an array of voices and texts from 1715 to 1740, including dictionaries, moral weeklies, letters, translations and literature. The book focuses mainly on two women -- Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Luise Gottsched -- and the web of cultural meaning each of them activated through her deeds and words.
Katherine R. Goodman is professor of German at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. She is the author of Dis/Closures: Women's Autobiography in Germany 1790-1914, and has edited a number of books on German women writers.


October 1999
6 black and white illustrations
328 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571131386
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BISAC SOC028000, LIT004170
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Table of Contents

The Gallant Lawyer: Gottlieb Siegmund Corvinus and the Frauenzimmerlexikon(1715)
The Silesian Pastor: Johann Christoph Gottsched and Die Vernünfftigen Tradlerinnen (1725-1726)
Rallying the Troops: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and the Call for Women Poets
The Poet Laureate: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Gallant Poetry
Skirmishes: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Her Critics
The Apprentice: Louise Kulmus and Her Mentor
Confrontation: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Louise Gottsched
Domestication: The Discord Abates


' Goodman's study is persuasive because of its long overdue, close reading of the writings of Ziegler and Gottsched which provides new insights about the poetological theory of both authors.' GERMANISTIK'An innovative account of why German women writers lost the battle for Parnassus.' GERMAN QUARTERLY'Katherine Goodman's new study adds significantly to our understanding of the genesis of the German Enlightenment.' GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW 'This monograph contributes immensely to the rehabilitation of the circle around Mme Gottsched. ETUDES GERMANIQUES

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