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date: 18 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

What’s in a name, or, more specifically, what’s in the name of a female German Romantic author? Far from being an idle question, a closer look at the specifics of women’s names in general and German Romantic women writers, in particular, provide important clues about class, ethnicity, religious affiliation, level of education, and unconventional lifestyle choices, to name only the most obvious. The female Romantic authors discussed in this chapter—Dorothea Veit-Schlegel, Sophie Mereau-Brentano, Karoline von Günderrode, Rahel Varnhagen, and Caroline Schlegel-Schelling—constitute a vital part of German Romanticism. Their contributions span all genres characteristic of the period: the novel, literary criticism, poetry, drama, and letters. In each of these areas, they expand our traditional notions of German Romanticism.

Keywords: Gender, genre, collaboration, self, novel, closure, Germany, Romanticism.

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