From Goethe to Gide brings together twelve essays on canonical male writers (six French and six German) commissioned from leading specialists in Britain and North America. Working with the tools of feminist criticism, the authors demonstrate how feminist readings of these writers can illuminate far more than attitudes to women. They raise fundamental aesthetic questions regarding, creativity, genre, realism and canonicity and show how feminist criticism can revitalize debate on these much-read writers. These commissioned essays from individual specialists focus on Rousseau, Goethe, Schiller, Hoffmann, Stendhal, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Heine, Fontane, Zola, Kafka, Gide. The collection therefore foregrounds the major authors taught on British university BA courses in French and German who also shaped the dominant aesthetics, philosophy and bourgeois culture of European letters between 1770 and 1936.
Aimed at final year undergraduates, postgraduates and specialist researchers on these writers Unique in providing a comparative feminist reading of the aesthetics of canonical male works from the literatures of France and Germany, 1770-1936 Provides a major reassessment of some of the literary figures most studied in French and German courses around the world
Mary Orr and Lesley Sharpe have both published major monographs on canonical writers of French and German literature as well as working on women writers and feminist criticism. They have considerable editorial experience: Mary Orr is one of the General Editors of Forum for Modern Language Studies and Lesley Sharpe was for six years Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review. Mary Orr is Professor of French at the University of Exeter. Her publications include: Claude Simon: The Intertextual Dimension (Glasgow 1993); Flaubert's Madame Bovary: Representations of the Masculine (Berne 1999); Flaubert: Writing the Masculine (Oxford 2000); Intertextuality: Debates and Contexts (Cambridge 2003). Lesley Sharpe is Professor of German at the University of Exeter. Her publications include: Schiller and the Historical Character (Oxford 1982); Friedrich Schiller: Drama, Thought and Politics (Cambridge 1991); Schiller's Aesthetic Essays: Two Centuries of Criticism (Columbia, SC 1995); (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Goethe (Cambridge 2002).