In this thesis, I explore how, although Edith Södergran’s Vaxdukshäf poems seem to support new female roles in early 20th century European society, they also reflect on the danger in changing from traditional to modern roles. As the poems illustrate, this change can create an isolated woman, who becomes trapped in her new independence and is unable to alter herself to connect with others. In order to understand what is meant by traditional and modern female roles, I present a historical background that contrasts the woman of pre-20th-Century Europe with the new woman that emerged around the Turn of the Century. I do this by focusing on marriage, motherhood, the woman's role inside and outside of the home, valued feminine characteristics, and women's clothing.
College and Department
Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Spjut, Kajsa M., ""Heimatlos in dieser Welt": The Isolated Modern Woman in Edith Södergran’s Vaxdukshäft Poetry" (2010). All Theses and Dissertations. 2439.
Edith Södergran, modern woman, isolation, early 20th century