August 1982 Newsletter


August 1982 Newsletter


Congresses; Feminism; Germanists



Number 28                                                                                                           August 1982


October lH-17, 1982
Thompson's Island, Boston

Guest Author: LUISE RINSER

Conference coordinator: Barbara Wright (U. Conn., Storrs); Registra­tion:          Joey Horsley (U. Mass., Boston); Interpreter for Luise Rinser:

Gudrun Gill (California State U., Fullerton).

October l4

Thursday evening                                                          5 :00-7 : 00 pm

Arrival, registration, room assignment

7:00 pm-

Buffet 3upper, social hour, music?

October 15

Friday morning                                        9:00-11:00 am



Coordinators:                Kay Goodman (Brown U.), Sara Lennox (U. Mass., Amherst).

Presenters and topics: Gertraud Gutzmann (Smith Coll.)—the GDR; Barbara Kaltz (U. of Waterloo)--LinguiStics; Helene Wenzel (Yale)-- French, Women's Studies; Linda Janik (Wellesley Coll.)—Philosophy.

Each panelist will give an introduction to important questions in her field and distribute information. Discussion will follow.

Friday afternoon                                      1:30-3:30 pm


Presenters and topics: Linda Pickle (Westminster Coll.)--the Women's Movement; Renny Harrigan (Milwaukee)—Women and the Peace Movement; Brigitte Wichmann (Hanover Coll.)--Terrorism.

4:00-5:00 pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Friday evening                                        7:00-9’-00 pm



Moderator:            Sandra Frieden (U. Houston). Presenters: Jeannine

Blackwell (Indiana U.); Ruth-Ellen Boetcher-Joeres (U. of Minnesota); Sidonie Cassirer (Mount Holyoke Coll.); Elke Frederiksen (U. of Maryland). Small group discussions will follow the presentations based on the speakers' own experiences as women, feminists, Germanists.

October l6

Saturday morning                                    9:00-11:00 am                                                              WOMEN ONLY


Moderator:            Angelika Banner (U. of Wisconsin). Presenters and topics:

Marlene Heinemann (Milwaukee), "Broadening the Struggle: Notes on Becoming a Jewish Feminist;" Lynnie Ozer (New York), "Speaking about Lesbianism in German Literature:" Jeanette Clausen (IPFW), "On Reading Vera Kamenko’s Unter uns war Krieg." After the panel presentation, we will divide up into CR groups to discuss issues raised by the presentations and our personal, emotional reactions to them. How are we all affected by the parts of lives which remain unspoken/unspeakable, and how are we affected differently?

Saturday afternoon                                       1:30 pm-


Presiding:              Marianne Burkhard (U. of Illinois) and Linda Pickle

(Westminster Coll.), Steering Committee co-chairs, 1982.

To allow the widest possible participation in decision-making, and (we hope) to enable us to conduct our planning meeting with less pressure, we are asking for suggestions on various topics in advance.

The registration form (at the end of this newsletter) has spaces for WiG members to propos. topics for future conferences, suggest authors we might invite, and nominate people for steering committee vacancies. You are, of course, welcome to make these and other suggestions whether or not you plan to attend the conference. As agreed last year, the business meeting may be continued Sunday morning if we run out of time on Saturday.

Saturday evening                                          7:00 pm-


Moderator:            Elke Frederiksen (U. of Maryland). As this newsletter

is being prepared, we still haven’t found out what texts Luise Rinser plans to read. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her works,

Elke Frederiksen especially recommends the following: Mitte des Lebens; Gefangnistagebuch; Ein Bundel weifler Narzissen; Per schwarze Esel (all Fischer Taschenbuch); Unterentwickeltes Land Frau (Wurzburg: Echter Verlag); Den Wolf umarmen (autobiography; Fischer (hardback), 1981).

October 17

Sunday morning                                      9:00-11:00 am


Moderator:            Evelyn Beck (U. of Wisconsin). The substance for this

final discussion will come directly from the preceding two days’ experiences. We hope to isolate the issues which have really come out of the conference and which may have been raised by our willing­ness to face difficult questions. We will try to weave together theoretical, personal* political and academic questions as they affect and reflect our differing perspectives on and involvement in the women’s movement, feminism in the US and Germany, our view of our discipline—at the same time recognizing the commonalities that bring us all together.




Biographical Date : Luise Rinser was born April 30, 1911 in Pitzling, Upper Bavaria. She studied pedagogy and psychology in Munich, receiving her degree i_. 1931*. She taught elementary school from 1935 to 1939« She was married in 1939 to Horst-Günther Schnell (conductor), who was killed in Russia in 19^3. Her two sons, Christoph and Stephan, were born in 19^0 and 19^1. Her first book, Die Gläsernen Ringe, appeared in 19^0. Forbidden to publish after 19^1, she was arrested and convicted of high treason and undermining military morale in 19HU. Gefängnistagebuch (19^6) describes her prison experience. After the war she worked as a literary critic for the American paper Neue Zeitung. In 1950 her novel Mitte des Lebens appeared; it has since sold more than one million copies and been translated into 15 languages. It was awarded the René Schickele Literature Prize in 1952. In 1961 Mitte des Lebens was published together with the novel Aben­teuer der Tugend under the new title Nina. Rinser was married to composer Carl Orff from 195^ to 1959- She has been a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts since 1956. Other publications include her essay Unterentwickeltes Land Frau (1970), her diaries Baustelle (1970), Grenzübergänge (1972), and Kriegs spielzeug (1978) as well as numerous novels, collections of stories, documentary prose, and radio and TV plays. She was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 1977, the Italian National Prize for Literature in 1979, and the Roswitha-Gedenkmedaille by the city of Gandersheim in 1979. Her autobiography Den Wolf umarmen (l98l) was on the bestseller list for several months. She has published over thirty books, several of which have been translated into at least 10 languages.

Hilla Jaenicke, Goethe House New York.

We have invited Hilla Jaenicke of the New York Goethe House to be our guest and resource person at the WiG conference. We very much appreciate her assistance, and the support of the Goethe Institute, in arranging Luise Rinser’s visit. To find out Luise Rinser’s com­plete itinerary during her three-week stay in the US, please contact the Goethe House.

WiG Membership News

Since the WiG newsletter moved to IPFW in August 1981, approximately HO new members have joined our organization. This brings our mailing list to a total of 270, including 50 whose subscriptions have expired. Please remember to check the number to the right of your name on your mailing label, and send a check for the appropriate amount if your number is 28 (this issue) or lower. Dues information is on the membership form at the end of this newsletter.

WiG Conference -Her-Story

Especially for newcomers to WiG (but also for "old" members who'd like to reminisce), here is a brief account of how our conferences have evolved and grown since the first one. Held in September 1976, it was announced as a weekend retreat combined with a one-day sym­posium entitled "Feminism and German Studies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective." The format for the second conference was similar, but that year the group decided to restructure the next meeting as fol­lows (I quote from the Nov. 1977 WiG Newsletter):

At the second annual Women in German Conference/Retreat, we discussed various ways of restructuring the third con­ference (1978) in order to encourage greater involvement on the part of all participants. It seemed to us that Arbeitsgruppen could facilitate collective work by breaking up the conventional formalities of academic conferences, encouraging greater involvement, and eliminating the typical split between "active" paper-givers and a "passive" audience. Far from decreasing academic work, the forma­tion of Arbeit sgruppen has the potential of opening up new avenues and methods of research. Collective work requires one to consider closely the results of others' research and to attempt to synthesize it with one's own in order to bring forth a product that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Translating these principles into practice has been an important part of our annual conferences since then.

The 1978 conference weekend was the first one to devote the opening session to discussing our experiences surviving in or on the margins of our male-dominated profession. Entitled "Personal and Professional Survival as a Woman Germanist," that evening generated much enthusiasm and initiated a tradition of opening each conference with a session where we can discuss and share our personal/professional/political experiences, become (re-)acquainted with each other, and affirm that the personal is political--and scholarly!

Another decision made that year was to designate one session of the 1979 conference "for women only." Quite simply, we had found that we needed to provide the kind of space where women can feel free to speak about experiences and issues we do not wish to share with men (no matter how supportive or pro-feminist they may he). This too has now become a tradition of our annual conferences.

The 1979 conference was exhilarating--and exhausting. We decided to schedule only three Saturday panels for the 1980 conference, rather than four as in previous years, so as to allow more free time for networking, exchanging ideas on our special interests, and just plain relaxing. We also decided to seek funding for bringing a German woman writer to the conference. Margot Schroeder was our guest in 1980, Angelika Mechtel in 1981.

Attendance at the conferences had been increasing each year, and with over 50 attendees in 1980 it became impossible for all participants to contribute to each discussion. Our solution was to organize the following year’s sessions to include small group discussions with a plenary session at the end of each, as well as to ask session organizers to announce specific primary works to be discussed in advance, so everyone wishing to do so could read them before the conference.

In 1981 we decided that a weekend conference was simply no longer enough. We took a deep breath and agreed to make the 1982 conference a day longer. Also, w_ realized that in our eagerness to explore theoretical issues, literary analysis, new ways of reading, etc. and to find ways to make visible and confront the long unspoken oppres­sions which have historically so often divided women, we had begun to lose sight of a very important and practical focus of our early con­ferences:   the sharing of basic information, such as course syllabi

or reading lists, news of women’s organizations or projects we learned about during trips abroad, and so on. We have planned this year’s conference to incorporate this early "tradition" as well as to con­tinue those discussed above.

We hope and expect that the 1982 conference, the first to be held outside the Midwest, will be the best one yet. If you have materials you would like to share with the group, please bring them to Boston when you come. See you there!

Please remember: even if you won’t be able to attend the conference, you can still use the registration form to propose future session topics for conferences, suggest authors we should consider inviting, and nominate people for steering committee vacancies. If you choose to do this, your suggestions will be among those discussed during the business meeting in October.


Many, many thanks to everyone who wrote in response to the March 1982 newsletter—Jeanette and Connie appreciate the encouragement a whole lot! A few of your contributions are being held for the November newsletter, to keep this issue light enough to be mailed first class.


Christa and Gerhard Wolf in the US

As many of you already know, Christa and Gerhard Wolf will both be teaching in the OSU German Department during the spring quarter of 1983 (March 28 to June 10). They plan to arrive in the US at the beginning of the quarter and haven't yet decided whether they will extend their stay beyond 'arly June.

Helen Fehervary writes that the Wolfs have expressed the desire to spend most of their time in Columbus, and they have been assured that their time will be protected. They will probably be able to accept very few speaking engagements elsewhere. -- In other words, if we want to meet them, we should try to go to Columbus rather than ask them to come to us'.

Events planned at OSU during the Wolfs' stay (mark your calendars!):

RETREAT:      A one-day, informal retreat for WiG members to meet and talk

with Christa Wolf has been scheduled for Saturday, April 9., 1983.

More details will be announced and discussed at the WiG conference in October, and published in the November newsletter.

CONFERENCE:      An international conference entitled "Women, Fascism,

Everyday Life in Germany" is scheduled for April 28-30, 1983 at the Fawcett Center, OSU, Columbus.

Presenters who have confirmed their participation as of this writing include:                        Christa Wolf (Berlin/GDR; Ohio State), Annemarie Troger

(University of Hannover/FRG), James Steakley (U. of Wisconsin),

Leila Rupp (Ohio State), George Mosse (U. of Wisconsin), Jost Hermand (U. of Wisconsin), Jeffrey Herf (Harvard U.), Miriam Hansen (Rutgers U.), Atina Grossman (Rutgers U.), Ingeborg Drewitz (West Berlin/

U. of Texas), Jessica Benjamin (A. Einstein College of Med.), Evelyn Beck (U. of Wisconsin).

Program topics confirmed so far include: woman as national symbol; the public sphere of women; anti-semitism and the holocaust; family, sexual reform, homosexuality; melodrama and film; oral history: women's recollections of fascism; boundaries of war and postwar experience; peace initiatives past and present.

For more information on any of the above, please write to: Helen Fehervary, Dept. of German, Dieter Cunz Hall 31H , Ohio State Univer­sity, Columbus, OH 1*3210.

Registration for the conference will begin after January 1, 1983; information on child care, hotel accommodations, complete program information and so on will be mailed later this fall. The conference is sponsored by the OSU Graduate School, College of Humanities, Dept. of German, Center for Women’s Studies, Division of Comparative Studies in the Humanities; and the Ohio Arts Council.

AATG 1982

Pre-Conference Workshop


Male and Female Stereotyping in Beginning-Level

Teaching Materials

Wednesday, Nov. 2h, 1982

9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Directors:                Betty Schmitz (Montana State U., Bozeman, MT)

and Barbara D. Wright (U. of Conn., Storrs).

Presenters:              Michel Grimaud (Wellesley Coll.) and Peggy McIntosh

(Wellesley Cc’1. Center for Research on Women).

"Mainstreaming"--the process of integrating the findings of Women’s Studies research into the liberal arts curriculum--wi11 be a major concern of curriculum reform in the coming decade. In this work­shop, existing materials are surveyed and an evaluative instrument is distributed enabling participants to examine a wide range of commonly used texts and other teaching materials. Findings are reported and discussed and will be widely distributed after the workshop.

The workshop is co-sponsored by AATG, WiG, and AATF. It is intended for teachers of French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish at both the high school and college level; also for textbook authors, editors, publishers, and producers of standardized tests, filmstrips and other teaching materials. It will be held at the New York Hyatt; cost will be comparable to other workshops of similar length.

AATG Conference

(Pedagogy)                          FAIRY TALES IN THE CLASSROOM

Co-chairs:               Wilma Iggers (Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY) and

Sydna Weiss (Hamilton Coll., Clinton, NY).

Presenters:              Maria M. Tatar (Harvard U.), "From Nags to Witches:

The Stepmother in Fairy Tales;" Cora Lee Nollendorfs (U. of Wisconsin, Madison), "Fairy Tales As Ways of Learning:            Approaches and Methods;" Jane Barry (SUNY

at Buffalo), "Female Archetypes in Marchen and the Classroom."


Friday, Nov. 26
30-6: 00 pm

Chair:                     Ruth Bottigheimer (Princeton U.).

Presenters:              Liselotte Weingant (California State U., Hayward),

"Soziale Zaubergeschichten: Barbara Frischmuths Feen- und Geisterwelt;" Renate Delphendahl (U. of Maine,

Orono), "The Alienated Self in Ingeborg Bachmann’s ’Undine geht;'" Karen Achberger (Saint Olaf Coll.), "Ingeborg Bachmann: Fairy Tale as Metaphor;" Joanna M. Raytch (Rutgers Coll.), "Use Aichinger's Inquisitive Dwarfs."

The Women in German business meeting will follow the above session.

MLA 1982

WiG at MLA, 1982:                       WOMEN AND GERMAN FILM

Coordinators:                Marjorie Tussing (California State U., Fullerton),

Dorothy Rosenberg (Seattle).

The 1982 WiG program at MLA in Los Angeles will begin with a

screening of one of Margarets von Trotta's films. Die Bleierne Zeit (1981) has been requested, but at this writing we're not sure whether or not it will be available. If it isn't, Trotta's film Schwestern will probably be shown.

After the film screening and a break, the program will continue with papers and discussion is follows:

Presenters:               Martha K. Wallach (U. of Wisconsin, Green Bay), "The

Lost Honor of the Marquise of 0, Effi Briest , and Katharina Blum;" Anna Kuhn (U. of Pennsylvania), "Interiority in Sisters;" Dagmar C. Stern (Columbia U.), "The Third Awakening of Margarets von Trotta;" Bernd Moeller (U. of Texas, Austin), "Dominance, Violence and Solidarity in the Cinema of Margarets von Trotta "

Discussants: Sandra Frieden (U. of Houston) and Miriam Frank (Berkeley).

NEW this year: Women in German will have our own cash bar at the MLA convention—so plan on happy hour with us.

Also:         WiG members interested in sharing a suite at the convention

this year, write to Martha Wallach (CCC, UWGB, Green Bay, WI 5^301)

« « •

WOMEN EDUCATORS announces the Fourth Annual Curriculum Materials Award, to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educa­tional Research Association in Montreal, March, 1983- Please send two copies of materials relating to women that have been developed since 1976 for use in educational settings to: Mary Harris and Nancy Smith, Curriculum Award, WOMEN EDUCATORS, Department of Curri­culum and Instruction, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 Include a one-page description of how the materials relate to sexism sex-role stereotyping, and the image of women and girls and the rationale or theoretical/empirical foundation for the material. Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 1982.

« « «

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Alienation in Art and Literature," NEMLA,

April lU-l6, 1983, Allegheny Coll., PA. Papers (8-10 pages) by Sept. 1, 1982 to: Renate Delphendahl, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Classics, U. of Maine, Orono, ME 0UH69.

« » *

DEADLINE for material to be included in the Nov. 1982 newsletter is November 1, 1982.


Women in German Annual Conference
Thompson’s Island, Boston, MA

Oct. 14-17, ’82

Name: __ ________ Telephone: (________ )________

Address (after Sept. 15): ______________________________ ______________________________  .

# Street                                         Town                                                     State                                                     Zip

  1. Registration

Please choose the plan you prefer from section A, B or C below. Costs for overnight accommodation (A) include conference attendance, lodging, three meals per day and boat transportation to/from the island. If you select attendance and meals only (B), boat transportation is not included. Round-trip boat fare is $4.00. Registrants must become members of WiG.

  1. Overnight accommodation (Please check your choice):

I intend to spend the night(s) of Oct. 14 15 16 (please circle) on Thompson’s Island. Day-hopping (Please check your choice):

  1. Conference attendance only: $5.00 per day. Please check days you plan to attend:

Oct. 15 _____

Oct. 16 _____

Oct. 17 _____

Total = _____  x $5 = _________

  1. Meals. Please check the meals you plan to eat on Thompson’s Island:

Lunch               Fri._______                                   Dinner                         Thurs. ____

($4.00 each)Sat. __________  ($6.00 each)Fri. _______________________

Sun. _______  Sat. __________

Total = ______  x $4 = _________  Total =____________ _______________ x $6 = ____________

Total cost of attendance and meals: $__________________

C. Combination plan:

If you wish to combine services from A and B, please mark the appropriate boxes, figure your expenses from A and B, and then tally the total.

Cost of Services from A: $ ______________

Cost of Services from B: $ ______________

Total: $ _________

  1. Transportation Plans

I will arrive____________________ (day,time) by ______________________________

I will depart ___________________ (day,time) by ______________________________

Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for information regarding land/boat transportation.

____ Please check if you are a student/unemployed and would like help covering your travel

expenses. Cost of round-trip travel from your home to the conference: $_____________________________________________________ .

(In November, after WiG has paid all its bills for the conference, we will divide any remaining funds on a percentage basis among those of you who request travel aid. We very much hope to be able to help some of you who must travel long distances, but unfortunately we can't guarantee that money will be left after expenses or predict what percentage you may be reimbursed).                                                                                               "

name ;

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  1. Childcare

1 plan on bringing the following child (children) to the WiG conference:

  1. Name: ___________________________  Age ____
  2. Name: ___________________________  Age ____

Please check as appropriate:

____  Needs Crib                              Will share my room____                                       Needs own room/bed(circle

Please note special needs or other relevant information: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

If you will need childcare, please enclose an additional stamped, self-addressed envelope so that we can forward childcare information.

  1. Natural Foods Option

A natural foods option (vegetarian) will be made available for a modest surcharge ($10 or less) which will be collected at the conference. If you choose this option, please check below. We must know in advance in order to provide enough food.

I desire the natural foods option for the following meals

Nominations for WiG Steering Committee (optional)

  1. ___________________________________________________  (Please include name and address or

2                                                                                           affiliation. Try to nominate from

’ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  different geographical regions.)

  1. ___________________________________________________

VI. Suggested Topics for 1983 WiG Sessions: (optional)

  1. AATG 1. ___________________________________________  (Pedagogy)
    1.                                                                               (Literature)
    2. MLA 1. ____________________________________________
      1. ________________________________________
      2. WiG conference (to be held on the West Coast in 1983)
        3. __________________________________________
        4. _________________________________________
        5. Suggested guest authors for future WiG conferences


2. ___________________________________________


Please make your check out to "Women in German" and form and stamped, self-addressed envelope(s) to:


This is Newsletter 28. Read your label and renew when numbers match

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We held firm as long as we could, BUT the rising costs of every­thing made it impossible to continue to produce Women in German for $5.00. Therefore, we have raised the fee to $7.00; $3.00 for students and unemployed. If you can afford to, please con­sider becoming a supporting member ($15.00 or more).

Make checks payable to WOMEN IN GERMAN. Send your check and this membership form to: Women in German, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN U68O5

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