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The Surplus Woman : Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 - Catherine L. Dollard

The Surplus Woman

Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918

Hardcover Published: 30th October 2009
ISBN: 9781845454807
Number Of Pages: 304

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The first German women's movement embraced the belief in a
demographic surplus of unwed women, known as the Frauen?berschu?,
as a central leitmotif in the campaign for reform. Proponents of
the female surplus held that the advances of industry and
urbanization had upset traditional marriage patterns and left too
many bourgeois women without a husband. This book explores the
ways in which the realms of literature, sexology, demography,
socialism, and female activism addressed the perceived plight of
unwed women. Case studies of reformers, including Lily Braun,
Ruth Br?, , Elisabeth Gnauck-K?hne, Helene Lange, Alice Salomon,
Helene St?cker, and Clara Zetkin, demonstrate the expansive
influence of the discourse surrounding a female surfeit. By
combining the approaches of cultural, social, and gender history,
The Surplus Woman provides the first sustained analysis of the
ways in which imperial Germans conceptualized anxiety about
female marital status as both a product and a reflection of
changing times.

Industry Reviews

"...transcends the usual analytical approach of earlier work...[and] examines a very broad spectrum of reformist, conservative, academic, socialist, feminist, and religious writers...It represents a new contribution to our understanding of the German women's movement." * Nancy Reagin, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Pace University

Acknowledgements Introduction: Single Women in Imperial Germany PART I: DER FRAUENA BERSCHUA - THE FEMALE SURPLUS Chapter 1. The Alte Jungfer Chapter 2. Sexology and the Single Woman Chapter 3. Imagined Demography Chapter 4. The Maternal Spirit PART II: ALLEINSTEHENDE FRAUEN - WOMEN STANDING ALONE Chapter 5. Moderate Activism: Helene Lange and Alice Salomon Chapter 6. Radical Reform: Helene Stöcker, Ruth Bre, and Lily Braun Chapter 7. Socialism and Singleness: Clara Zetkin Chapter 8. Spiritual Salvation: Elisabeth Gnauck-Kühne Conclusion: The Surplus Woman Tables & Figures Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781845454807
ISBN-10: 1845454804
Series: Monographs in German History
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th October 2009
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59

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