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Little Detours : The Letters and Plays of Luise Gottsched [1713-1762] - Susanne Kord

Little Detours

The Letters and Plays of Luise Gottsched [1713-1762]

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2000
ISBN: 9781571131485
Number Of Pages: 236

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Susanne Kord offers a critical re-examination of the traditional image of this most pivotal of all female Enlightenment authors. Central to her discussion are Gottsched's dramas and her letters to Johann Christoph Gottsched, her husband and mentor, and to Dorothea Henriette von Runckel, her friend and confidante. Both the letters, edited and censored by Runckel, and the plays, commissioned and controlled by her husband, reveal a number of highly intriguing "detours" from the path of conventionality: biographical aberrations in her letters (her chagrined loyalty to her husband, her highly passionate "friendship" with Runckel) and poetological deviations from her husband's poetics expressed in her dramas. In view of the fact that theory and poetology were considered an exclusively male domain, one moreover largely dominated by her own husband, Gottsched's perhaps most significant deviation consists of her veiled contributions to the definition of major literary concepts of her day, such as originality and authorship, in her forewords and dramas. And originality and authorship are still the issue: based on new evidence that calls Gottsched's exclusive authorship of her own letters into question, Kord examines to what extent scholars have for centuries perpetuated authorial images that were decisively shaped by her original editors--her husband and her best friend. Susanne Kord is professor of German at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She is co-editor of Unwrapping Goethe's Weimar, also published by Camden House.

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Will serve as a necessary and long overdue correction to prior scholarly neglect and misperception. BOOKWATCH

This book does some creditable spadework by showing how Luise Gottsched has been "edited out" of German literary history. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES

In setting a framework for new investigation, [the book] is an invaluable contribution to the critical appraisal of women writers of this period. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

A commendable new discussion of [Luise] Gottsched's work. [The book] fosters a multiplicity of critical approaches and encourages further examination of Gottsched by feminist critics that will surely lead to new insights .... SEMINAR

Kord has managed to present a book both introductory to the new student and enriching to anyone who has looked at previous commentary on Gottsched. RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY THEATRE RESEARCH

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Preface
Expectations: Portraits of the Authorp. 1
The Birth of an Author: Failed Hopesp. 1
A Woman and An Author: Life - and Workp. 4
A Woman or an Author: Paradox and Paradigmp. 7
Originality: Contaminated Letters and Textual Hierarchiesp. 23
The Text as Original: Historicizing "Authenticity"p. 23
The Text as Template: Editorial Interventionsp. 25
Textual Bases: On the Search for Biographical Truthsp. 33
Negotiations: Letters to Johann Christoph Gottschedp. 41
Vacillations: The Mentor and the Loverp. 41
Visions: Death and the Loverp. 43
Virtues: Negotiating Enlightenment Discoursep. 46
A Little Detour: Negotiating Authorshipp. 49
Prophecy and Manipulation: Runckel as Editorp. 56
Ailing Women and Bartered Brides: Comediesp. 67
Character Constellations: Flawed Families, Diminutive Daughters, Reasonable Female Criticsp. 70
Plot Essentials: Ailing Womenp. 75
Not for Love and Not for Money: Happy Endings Beyond Marriagep. 82
On Tradition and Influence: Late Eighteenth-Century Dramap. 86
On Faith and Failure: Tragedyp. 107
Temptations: The Implied Alternativep. 111
Ye Gods: Poetic Injusticep. 115
The Teleology of Suicidep. 117
A So-Called Tragedyp. 124
On Guilt and Innocence: Authorshipp. 131
The Innocent Ruse: Making a Name for Herselfp. 132
The Innocent Translator: On the Guilt of Female Authorshipp. 138
Guilt by Dissociation: Women Writers and the Editorial Voicep. 143
Mitigating Circumstances: Women Writers and Male Mentorshipp. 145
Between Friendship and Love: Letters to Dorothea Henriette von Runckelp. 155
Chercher la Femme: Lesbianism, Friendship, and the Sentimental Discoursep. 157
"Inseparable and Eternal": Friends and Loversp. 160
The Third Wheel: Rivalsp. 165
Questionable Methods: The Sentimental Discourse versus Biographical Speculationp. 171
The Politics of Mourning: Epiloguep. 181
Conclusionp. 193
Works Consultedp. 199
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781571131485
ISBN-10: 1571131485
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 15th April 2000
Publisher: CAMDEN HOUSE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.1  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.5

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