Women in Early Modern Germany: An Anthology of Popular Texts

Women in Early Modern Germany: An Anthology of Popular Texts

Edited by Joy Wiltenburg (Rowan University )
2002 | 279 pp. | 978-0-86698-291-7 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 249 | $36 | £32 |

This collection of short works in English translation provides a unique view into the depictions of women that entertained broad audiences in early modern Germany. The twenty-one selections cover a range of themes: marriage, love and sex, heroines, anti-heroines, work and household. The introduction relates the texts to their historical context of early modern developments in gender relations. The rhymed translations convey the rhythmic appeal and popular language of the original texts. Though widely current in their time, such texts have long lain in obscurity, difficult to find even for German specialists. This anthology is the first to make them available to modern students and scholars in English translation. Including both German and English texts, the collection offers valuable sources for study at all levels, from undergraduate to specialist.

Edited and Translated by Joy Wiltenburg (Rowan University)