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    Sense and sentimentality? Margarete Böhme’s Tagebuch einer verlorenen (1905) in Context

    Richards, Anna (2001) Sense and sentimentality? Margarete Böhme’s Tagebuch einer verlorenen (1905) in Context. In: Schönfeld, C. (ed.) Commodities of Desire: The Prostitute in Modern German Literature. Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture. London, UK: Camden House, pp. 98-109. ISBN 9781571131980.

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    Book synopsis: Unlike her counterpart in French literature, and despite her importance in drama, poetry, and prose, the figure of the prostitute in modern German literature has been a largely neglected phenomenon. Commodities of Desire addresses this omission: it is the first collection of essays to exclusively investigate this colorful and multi-faceted figure in its many forms and mutations. The book pursues this goal by analyzing a number of key texts -- from the Wilhelmine Empire to the Weimar Republic -- and by providing the social, legal, and cultural contexts necessary for their interpretation. While the 'sex-worker' has been a presence in literature for centuries, the prostitute was never more popular in German literature than between the late 1880s and the early 1930s. It was then -- during a time when prostitution had become one of the most pressing social problems of urban Germany -- that the streetwalker became a symbol of the destructive and fertile forces of the metropolis, an allegorization of the political and social crisis, and a vehicle for biting social criticism. This book focuses on prostitutes as literary figures and prostitution as a topic in works by well-known and lesser-known writers. It thus clarifies the iconography of the prostitute and aids the reader in understanding her significance in the development of modern German literature.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 11:08
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44


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