Alec Down

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Down, Alec, 1987-



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German women writers, Friderika Baldinger, Frieda Freiin von Bülow, Hermine Villinger, Caroline Pichler, Marie Heim-Vögtlin, Elsbeth Meyer-Förster, Gabriele Reuter, Sibylle Schwarz, Johanna Schopenhauer, Anna Louisa Karsch, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Maria Königin von Rumänien


With a pressing need for an anthology of women writers in the field of German literature, where women authors have been consistently excluded from the canon (Blackwell 1990), I have selected fifteen texts, which are grammatically and linguistically appropriate for third-year level German classes. I have assessed the selected texts based on their literary quality, the views and ideals depicted and the educational and cultural value that text may have for the student. I have selected a wide range of texts, including short story prose, poetry, dialogued plays, letters and essays, thus providing the reader with an assortment of different literary writing styles of the time.


This work is part of the Sophie Digital Library, an open-access, full-text-searchable source of literature written by German-speaking women from medieval times through the early 20th century. The collection, covers a broad spectrum of genres and is designed to showcase literary works that have been neglected for too long. These works are made available both in facsimiles of their original format, wherever possible, as well as in a PDF transcription that promotes ease of reading and is amenable to keyword searching.

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German Literature

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