Good Girls, Good Germans: Girls' Education and Emotional Nationalism in Wilhelminian Germany (BOK)

Jennifer Drake Askey

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The age of nationalism in nineteenth-century Germany generally conjures up images of the Prussian military, Furst Otto von Bismarck, and Hohenzollern kings who welded together a nation out of disparate principalities through war and domestic social policy. Good Girls, Good Germans looks at how girls and young women became "national" during this period by participating in the national community in the home, in state-sponsored Tochterschulen, and in their reading of Madchenliteratur. By learning to subordinate desires for individual agency to the perceived needs of the national community -- what Askey calls "emotional nationalism" -- girls could fulfill their class- and gender-specific roles in society and discover a sense of their importance for the progress of the German nation. Informed by recent historical research on nineteenth-century nationalism, Good Girls, Good Germans demonstrates how the top-down construction of a national identity, especially in girls' education, came to be experienced by reading girls. Chapters in this book examine literature published for and taught to girls that encouraged readers to view domestic duties -- and even romance -- as potential avenues for national expression. By aligning her heart with the demands of the nation, a girl could successfully display her national involvement within the confines of the private sphere. JENNIFER DRAKE ASKEY is Coordinator of Academic Program Development at Wilfrid Laurier University.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Jennifer Drake Askey
Boydell Press
ISBN 9781571135629
Antall sider 212 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 483 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , Gender studies: women, Education