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Replicas of a female Prometheus : the textual personae of Bettina von Arnim

Author: Lisabeth M Hock
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©2001.
Series: North American studies in nineteenth-century German literature, v. 27.
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"The relationship of the writer Bettina von Arnim (1785-1859) to the protagonists of her letter and conversation books has long intrigued readers and critics. The first sustained reading of Arnim's six major texts written in English, this book investigates the relationship of Arnim to her literary Bettine-figures and the roles - including those of child, friend, lover, mother, writer, and genius - that she assigned
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Hock, Lisabeth M., 1963-
Replicas of a female Prometheus.
New York : P. Lang, ©2001
(OCoLC)891731867
Named Person: Bettina von Arnim; Bettina von Arnim; Bettina von Arnim
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisabeth M Hock
ISBN: 0820449628 9780820449623
OCLC Number: 43333536
Description: xx, 260 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface: Mirror Images of Bettina/Bettine --
Introduction: Life as Text --
1. The Child Speaks: Goethe's Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde (1835) --
2. Youth and Ideal Friendship: Die Gunderode (1840) --
3. Behind the Mask of a Mentor: Dies Buch gehort dem Konig (1843) --
4. Child Turns Woman: Clemens Brentano's Fruhlingskranz (1844) --
5. "Motherhood" and the Perils of Autonomy: Ilius Pamphilius und die Ambrosia (1847) --
6. The Genius Speaks: Gesprache mit Damonen (1852).
Series Title: North American studies in nineteenth-century German literature, v. 27.
Responsibility: Lisabeth M. Hock.

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"The relationship of the writer Bettina von Arnim (1785-1859) to the protagonists of her letter and conversation books has long intrigued readers and critics. The first sustained reading of Arnim's six major texts written in English, this book investigates the relationship of Arnim to her literary Bettine-figures and the roles - including those of child, friend, lover, mother, writer, and genius - that she assigned to these textual personae.

Employing feminist theories of positionality, it demonstrates how Arnim developed various subject positions for both herself and her protagonists. Further, it shows how Arnim's increasing public stature over the course of the 1840s strongly influenced the transformation of her literary namesakes from childlike figures who focus primarily on the development of the self into mature women who concern themselves first and foremost with issues of politics and social justice."--Jacket.

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