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Sievern, Sabine,1972-
"Ein Wesen, das nicht Mann nicht Weib" :historische Koeniginnen in vier Dramen von Autorinnen des 19, Jahrhunderts.
Ph. D. -- University of Alberta, 2008
Ottawa :Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada,[2010]
11 microfiches
Includes bibliographical references.
This dissertation deals with the controversially discussed, literary-historical position of women writers who dared the two-fold transgression of being a writing woman and a dramatist. It focuses on those authors who composed historical plays that center on female historical protagonists who have occupied an equally problematic societal position--historical queens. The dissertation aims to continue the research begun in the last decades and to expand on Susanne Kord's statistical compilation of all dramatic production by women writers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The statistics included in this dissertation solely focus on the historical drama written by women between 1800 and 1900. They provide an overview of the different aspects of history with which women writers concerned themselves and illustrate to what extent these dramatists have dealt with the societal role of the queen. In the main part of the dissertation five almost unknown women authors, who wrote historical dramas with a female royal protagonist, are introduced and four of their works included as a modern annotated study edition. The four dramas are: Karoline Ludecus' 'Johanne Gray' (1806), Elisabeth von Berge's 'Christina von Schweden' (1873), Wilhelmine Gräfin von Wickenburg-Almásy's 'Radegundis' (1879) and Dito's and Idem's, i.e. Carmen Sylva's and Mite Kremnitz' ' Anna Boleyn' (1886). To facilitate the introduction of these four plays into the curriculum at universities and in schools, this dissertation also includes biographies of the authors, a historical introduction to each of the plays, remarks on the text, a short content summary as well as explanatory footnotes. In addition, one theoretical chapter traces the development of the historical drama and the discussion of fact versus fiction while a second deals with Kantorowicz' theory of the two bodies of the king, its application to the body of the queen as well as the construction of power, domination and legitimization of the queen. The concluding chapter provides suggestions for implementation of these plays in courses and a catalogue of questions for the dramas that can be used for classroom discussions. This modern edition of dramas, which are not easily accessible, however, is not only meant for teachers and students but also scholars. It aims to encourage more detailed analyses of these forgotten works.
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