The Last von Reckenburg

February 1995
1 black and white illustrations
400 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781879751965
Format: Hardback
Camden House

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Reprint of English translation of important 19th-century German novel with strong feminist overtones.
In Die letzte Reckenburgerin (1871), Louise von François, one of the major female German-language writers of the nineteenth century, describes the fate of two women, the aristocrat Eberhardine von Reckenburg and the middle-class Dorothee Müller, set against the events of the French Revolution. This complex work is both an absorbing picture of the period, and a subtle psychological study with a strong feminist slant: François depicts Dorothee as a victim of a patriarchal society that robs her of any chance of self-development. The book thus has considerable significance in the light of recent feminist literary criticism.
Professor Laane's detailed introduction gives an account of the the critical reception of the book in the United States — it was translated into English in 1887 by Mary Joanna Safford (under the pseudonym J.M. Percival) after achieving great popularity in Germany — and suggests ways of understanding this long neglected novel.


"In its focus on female psychology and its insight into male-female relations, Francois's novel has more in common with nineteenth-century literature by women writers in other countries than it does with contemporaneous works by German male writers." CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF GERMAN LITERATURE

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