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For a brief time in the eighteenth century, Johann Christoph Gottsched and his circle -- including prominently his wife, Luise Adelgunde Victoria Gottsched, née Kulmus -- dominated efforts to construct a German culture sophisticated enough to rival tench. In the 1730s they attempted to codify the grammar and spelling of written German, elevate German literature, refine cultural practices and taste, and introduce enlightened ideas. Gottsched's efforts to involve women in this process have been noted, but in Amazons and Apprentices, Katherine Goodman examines for the first time the Gottsched circle's intitiatives regarding intellectual women in the context of the broader discourse of which they were an important part. She presents an array of voices and texts from 1715 to 1740, including dictionaries, moral weeklies, letters, translations and literature. The book focuses mainly on two women -- Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Luise Gottsched -- and the web of cultural meaning each of them activated through her deeds and words.
Katherine R. Goodman is professor of German at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. She is the author of Dis/Closures: Women's Autobiography in Germany 1790-1914, and has edited a number of books on German women writers.


' Goodman's study is persuasive because of its long overdue, close reading of the writings of Ziegler and Gottsched which provides new insights about the poetological theory of both authors.' GERMANISTIK'An innovative account of why German women writers lost the battle for Parnassus.' GERMAN QUARTERLY'Katherine Goodman's new study adds significantly to our understanding of the genesis of the German Enlightenment.' GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW 'This monograph contributes immensely to the rehabilitation of the circle around Mme Gottsched. ETUDES GERMANIQUES


First Published: 01 Oct 1999
13 Digit ISBN: 9781571131386
6 black and white illustrations
Pages: 326
Size: 22.8 x 15.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Camden House
BIC Class: DSB

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  The Gallant Lawyer: Gottlieb Siegmund Corvinus and the Frauenzimmerlexikon(1715)
  • 3  The Silesian Pastor: Johann Christoph Gottsched and Die Vernünfftigen Tradlerinnen (1725-1726)
  • 4  Rallying the Troops: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and the Call for Women Poets
  • 5  The Poet Laureate: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Gallant Poetry
  • 6  Skirmishes: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Her Critics
  • 7  The Apprentice: Louise Kulmus and Her Mentor
  • 8  Confrontation: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler and Louise Gottsched
  • 9  Domestication: The Discord Abates
  • 10  Conclusion
  • 11  Index