'Not an Essence but a Positioning': German-Jewish Women Writers (1900-1938)

Edited by Andrea Hammel and Godela Weiss-Sussex
11 June 2009
208 × 157 × 18 mm
244 pp
Paperback: 978-0-85457-220-5

This volume explores the relationship between identity - understood not as an essence, but rather a positioning - and the work of German-Jewish women authors. The period 1900-1938 provided them with a wide range of possible self-identifications, both between Jewish tradition (or 'Jewish renaissance') and acculturation, and between a traditional and modern understanding of the position of women. By examining their texts in the historical and literary contexts in which they were written, the analyses in this book reveal traditions and positions that are not necessarily communicated directly by the German-Jewish authors themselves. The volume contributes a major contribution to the understanding of writers who have largely been excluded from the literary canon to date and to the re-evaluation of their works. In addition to Gertrud Kolmar, Else Lasker-Schüler, Veza Canetti, Else Ury and Mascha Kaléko, the authors considered here include the less well-known: Klara Blum, Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt, Else Croner, Anna Gmeyner, Selma Kahn, Ruth Landsfoff-Yorck, the journalist Regina Neisser and the salonière Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps.

Table of contents: 
Andrea Hammel and Godela Weiss-Sussex: Introduction
Florian Krobb
: Female Writers' Narratives in the Jahrbuch für jüdische Geschichte und Literatur: Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt
Gabriele von Glasenapp: 'Was sollen unsere Töchter lesen?' Die jüdische Journalistin und Literaturpädagogin Regina Neisser
Godela Weiss-Sussex: Else Croner und die 'moderne Jüdin'
Martina Lüke: Else Ury - A Representative of the German-Jewish 'Bürgertum'
Andrea Hammel: Idealized and Demonized: Representations of Jewish Motherhood by Anna Gmeyner and Selma Kahn
Monika Shafi: Urban Experience and Identity in Gertrud Kolmar's Die jüdische Mutter
Andreas Kramer: Topographien von Heimat in Else Lasker-Schülers Prosa
Christina Pareigis: Glasperlenhebräisch. Das Fremd-Wort in den Schriften von Klara Blum und Gertrud Kolmar
Bettina Spoerri: 'Auf meinem Diwan wird Österreich lebendig.' Die jüdische Journalistin Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps und ihr Wiener Salon
Alexander Košenina: Veza Canetti - Fundstücke aus dem literarischen Nachlass
Sigrid Bauschinger: 'It will never be again as it once was.' Mascha Kaléko's Berlin and What was Left of It
Kerry Wallach: Mascha Kaléko Advertises the New Jewish Woman
Ursula Krechel: 'In hartes Grau verwandelt ist das Grün.' Ruth Landshoff-Yorck: Jüdin, Deutsche, Berlinerin