August 1983 Newsletter


August 1983 Newsletter


Congresses; Feminism; Germanists



Number 31
August 1983



October 13-16, 1983 Island,
Thompson’s Island, Boston


Conference coordinator: Edith J. Waldstein (M.I.T.); Registration: Joey Horsley (U. Mass., Boston).

October 13

Thursday evening                                  
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Arrival, registration, room assignment

7:00 - 8:00 pm
Buffet supper, social hour

8:00 - 10:00 pm

Coordinator: Jeanette Clausen (IPFW).

A brief review of WiG's feminist history and goals, followed by small-group dis­cussions for getting (re-)acquainted with WiG and each other.

October 14

Friday morning                                   
8:30 am - breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am

Coordinator: Judith K. Jamieson (Providence Coll.)

Presenters: Edith J. Waldstein (M.I.T.)--Women's Public and Private Voices in the German Romantic Salon; V. Joan Moessner (U. Alaska, Fairbanks)—Augusta Enders- Schichanowsky: "Malweib," Miner, Madwoman; Ruth B. Bottigheimer (Princeton U.)-- The Issue of Voicelessness in Grimms' Kinder- und Hausmärchen; Judith K. Jamieson (Providence Coll.)--A Visual Voice: The "Maternal Feminine" in Modersohn, Kollwitz, and Zille.

11:45 - 1 :00 pm
Open for special interest group meetings, sports
activities or free time.

1:00 pm - lunch


Friday afternoon                                     
2:30 - 4:30 pm
(tentative program)

Coordinators: Jeannine Blackwell (Michigan State U.) and Irmgard Taylor (SUNY/ Cortland).

Presenters: Marlene Heinemann (U. Wyoming)--Teaching the German Letter "G": Discussing Gender Roles and Sexual Choice in the Classroom; Irmgard Taylor (SUNY/Cortland)—Stimme suchen: In der Universitätsverwaltung; Helga Kraft (U. Florida), Martha Wallach (U. Wisconsin/Green Bay), Dagmar Lorenz (Ohio State U.), Jeanette Clausen (IPFW)--Four Perspectives on Finding a Voice in Germany: Thoughts on the Hamburg Conference.

(See also Irmgard Taylor's questionnaire on public speaking at the end of this newsletter.)

4:45 - 6:00 pm
Steering Committee Meeting
and free time

6:00 pm - dinner

Friday evening                                       
7:30 - 9:30 pm

Feminist rape prevention education exemplifies the conference motto "Stimme finden An overview of sexual violence and the scope and extent of rape and sexual assault will be followed by discussion. This 2-hour workshop is planned to end on a positive, empowering note. Follow-up workshop on Saturday.

LAST FERRY 10:00 pm

October 15

Saturday morning                              
8:30 am - breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am

Coordinators: Dagmar Lorenz (OSU) and Barbara D. Wright (U. Conn., Storrs).

Presenters: Sheila Johnson (Ohio State U.)--Fantasy as a Weapon: Irmtraud Morgner's Amanda: Ein Hexenroman; Angelika Bammer (Vanderbilt U.)--A Species Argument: Christa Reinig's Case for Women's Liberation; Sigrun 0. Leonhard (Carleton Coll.)—Negation and Utopie in Christa Wolfs Kein Ort. Nirgends; Dagmar Lorenz (OSU)--Barbara Frischmuth; Leo Lensing (Wesleyan U.)--Ingeborg Bachmann, Joseph Roth and the "Hapsburg Myth." Presentations in German.

11:45 - 1:00 pm
Open for special interest group meetings, sports
activities or free time.

1:00 pm - 1unch

Saturday afternoon                                
2:30 - 4:30 pm

For agenda items, and to contribute to the agenda, see tear-out sheet, p. 25.


Saturday afternoon (cont.)                     
4:45 - 5:45 pm

A follow-up to Friday evening's session on rape prevention education, with a focus on acquaintance rape and sexual harassment situations.

6:00 pm - dinner

Saturday evening                                   
7:30 - 9:30 pm

Coordinator: Karen Achberger (St. Olaf Coll.)

Barbara Frischmuth will read from her work-in-progress, the novel Die Ver­körperung. She will also share her views on the Christian mystics Hildegard von Bingen and Theresa von Avila, and discuss the topic of occidental mysticism, which is also germane to her novel. Discussion in German.

LAST FERRY 10:00 pm

October 16

Sunday morning                                 
8:30 am - breakfast


Coordinators: Dorothy Rosenberg (Colby Coll.) and Resa Dudovitz (U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Brief presentations followed by small group discussions.

10:45 - 12:00 pm

Coordinators: Edith J. Waldstein (M.l.T.) and Barbara D. Wright (U. Conn.). Discussion of feelings, issues, problems and successes which have surfaced during the conference.


Ferries departing from Thompson's Island at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm.

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In addition to all of the above, we are planning a short program of feminist entertainment, performed by WiG members, which will be added to the schedule wherever we can fit it in. Not to be missed!

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Conference registration form at the end of this newsletter, pp. 23-24. Registration deadline is September 15, 1983.

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DON'T FORGET: Bring materials to the conference to share--new course outlines, bibliographies, information about new and forthcoming publications, feminist organizations and events and etc.! The October conference is our space for networking and empowering each other. Everyone has something she can contribute-- your knowledge is important to us all!




We were delighted when Barbara Frischmuth wrote that she would like to discuss her ideas on women mystics with us. As Karen Achberger points out, this will tie in well with last year's conference, when Luise Rinser read from her work- in-progress, the "fifth gospel," relating the life of Christ according to Maria Magdalena; it will also give us an opportunity to continue our discussion of the politics of women's spirituality and of "Frauenmystik" that was begun in 1980 at the first Racine conference when Gabriele Strauch shared with us her research on Mechthild von Magdeburg.

For WiG members who want to prepare for the meeting with Barbara Frischmuth, Karen sent this selected bibliography.

1. Major Works:

Trilogy: Die Mystifikationen der Sophie Silber. Roman. Salzburg: Residenz, 1973- dtv neue reihe 6311.

Amy oder die Metamorphose. Roman. Salzburg: Residenz, 1978. dtv neue reihe 6312.

Kai und die Liebe zu den Modellen. Roman. Salzburg: Residenz, 1981. dtv neue reihe 6313.



I. Major Works: (continued)

Stories: Rückkehr zum vorläufigen Ausgangspunkt. Erzählungen. Salzburg: Residenz, 1973. dtv neue reihe 6339.

Haschen nach Wind. Erzählungen. Salzburg: Residenz, 1974. dtv sonderreihe 5455.

Bindungen. Erzählungen. Salzburg: Residenz, 1980. dtv 10142.

II. Secondary Literature:

Interviews: "Die Macht neu verteilen, so daß sie keine Gefahr mehr für die Welt bedeutet!" In: Jürgen Serke, Frauen Schreiben. Ein neues Kapitel deutschsprachiger Literatur. Hamburg: Stern, 1979, pp. 15O-163.

"Weibliches Bewußtsein in Sprache umsetzen." In: Hilde Schmölzer, Frau Sein und Schreiben. Österreichische Sehriftstel1erinnen Definieren sich selbst. Vienna: Österreichischer Bundesverlag, 1982, pp. 63-72.

General: KLG entry on Frischmuth (Stand 1.1.1982) by Ulrich Janetzki.

Bibliography: Jorun B. Johns. "Barbara Frischmuth: Eine Bibliographie der Werke und der Sekundärliteratur bis Herbst 1980." In: Modern Austrian Literature. Vol. 14, No. 1 (1981), pp. 101­-128.

Remember that all of Frischmuth's works that are currently in print are available from Schoenhof's Foreign Books, 1280 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Barbara Frischmuth's (tentative) itinerary while in the U.S., arranged in cooperation with the Austrian Institute, is:

Arrival in Boston, 11 October
WiG Conference, 13-16 October
Reading at U. Minnesota, 17 October
Reading at Ohio State U., 20 October
Reading at the "Deutsches Haus," Columbia U., 25 October
Reading at Princeton U., 26 October
Return to Vienna

Questions about this itinerary should be directed to Martha Wallach (U. Wisconsin, Green Bay) or the Austrian Institute.



The conference "Feministische Literaturwissenschaft: Zum Verhältnis von Frauen­bildern und Frauenliteratur," held May 24-27 in Hamburg, was attended by over 300 women! -- The majority were from the FRG, but there were also participants from Austria, Switzerland, Italy, England and the U.S. Morning sessions were devoted to the presentation of formal papers; afternoon and evening sessions consisted of Arbeitsgruppen for discussion of more narrowly defined topics within the general framework of each morning's presentations. The conference was superbly organized by Sigrid Weigel and Inge Stephan (U. Hamburg): Thesen­papiere for the Arbeitsgruppen were mailed to everyone registered prior to the conference; a list of all participants was distributed at the conference; coffee and snacks were provided during the ample breaks between sessions; a wonderful women's carabet trio "Die Witwen" entertained us on Thursday evening— you get the idea. Sigrid's and Inge's resourcefulness also included on-the-spot flexibility: when the discussion group "Frauen und Film" bogged down in frustra­tion over the participants' wildly diverse experiences and backgrounds in film criticism, a showing of Ulrike Ottinger's Bildnis einer Trinkerin and a follow-up discussion period were quickly arranged for the following day, much to the satis­faction of those who attended. Several of us who were able to be present in Hamburg will report in more detail on the conference when we meet in October (see conference schedule, p. 2). By relating our impressions and individual experiences, we hope to be able to give you a sense of the intensity of it all, of the diverse and often contradictory expectations and assumptions on the part of those attending, and to communicate the significance of this first West German conference on feminist literary research and criticism for our ongoing dialog on finding a feminist voice in the profession.

According to the Rundbrief mailed by Sigrid and Inge in July, negotiations are underway to publish the conference proceedings (formal papers and Thesenpapiere) ; we hope to have an update on this by October also. A planning committee was appointed to organize a second such conference for 1984; the contact address is: Ursula Geitner, Interdisziplinäre Frauenforschungsgruppe, Universität Bielefeld, Universitätsstr. 25, 4800 Bielefeld, FRG.



Textbook reviews. By now you should have received your copy of the WiG textbook review special issue, which was mailed in May. If you are a very recent WiG mem­ber, you may not have received this mailing; if so, write to the newsletter requesting it. OF COURSE, we welcome your comments on the reviews, and will do our best to publish future reviews which this first effort might inspire you to write. See "Letters," p. 9, for one WiG member's reactions.

WiG Syllabi Project. Sydna (Bunny) Weiss and Sidonie Cassirer received a goodly number of excellent syllabi for courses on women and German literature/culture and have been working over the summer to edit and assemble a booklet, to be distributed this fall. Bunny writes: "It's breathtaking to see what marvelous and original work feminists are doing!" --The booklet, when ready, will be well worth waiting for, so try to be patient.




WiG Yearbook. We were pleased with the responses to our call for assistance with the planned Yearbook (March newsletter). Edith Waldstein (MIT) volunteered to serve as co-editor; she and Marianne Burkhard met in July to discuss papers received and refereed so fpr (thank you to those who volunteered to referee papers), and will have a further progress report for us at the October con­ference in Boston.


As you probably recall, a number of other projects were suggested at last October's conference (see the Nov. 1982 newsletter). Members of the steering committee and sundry others have discussed the need to organize some more of WiG's talent and energy to accomplish as many projects as possible. Here are some to think on; other suggestions are welcome.

1. Translation. The availability of works by German women authors in English translation continues to be a problem. We have discovered that a number of us, in our desperation, have simply sat down and translated texts to use in our teaching, then tucked them into our files. We suspect that if we col­lected these translations, we would have the basis for at least one anthology, perhaps more. One priority for an anthology of translated works, it seems to us, would be a collection of lesbian literature (short prose, novel excerpts, poetry). (Of the few German lesbian texts in English translation, one--Verena Stefan's Shedding — is likely to be hard to obtain because the publisher, Daughters Inc., has gone out of business.) Another priority might be a collection of "older" (nineteenth century and earlier) women's writing; some of you may have other specific suggestions.

2. Bibliography, book reviews, journal reviews, etc. We need to find ways to help each other keep up with the ever-increasing number of feminist books, articles and journals, (isn't it nice to have this problem?) We would like to publish more book reviews (brief ones!) and bibliographies in the newsletter; it would also be good to have reviews of journal issues along the lines of those published in the GDR Bulletin (available from Washington U., St. Louis).

3. Conduct a new survey of German departments to determine the frequency of course offerings on women and German literature, feminist criticism, etc.; resources and support for feminist research; faculty qualified to teach women's 1iterature/feminist theory, and so on. (In other words, produce a sort of "Everywoman's Guide to German Departments.") Monatshefte published the (rather meager) results of a survey on "Women's Studies and Germanistik" in 1978, and might be willing to publish an update; probably they would also make their mailing list available to us if we decide to do this.

Now then. What are your interests and needs, and what are you able/willing to do to help? Concretely, how much time could you spend working for WiG during the coming year? One day each semester? Two? One day a month? More? Please think about this, and let us know how you'd like to contribute; volunteer your time, expertise and suggestions on the tear-out page (p. 25 of this newsletter) and return it to Jeannine Blackwell. Many thanks.



A WiG Chapter in New York

Gesine Worm, librarian at the New York Goethe House and new member of WiG, has offered her support in founding a NEW YORK WIG CHAPTER.

We are inviting all the women in the area to our first meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm at the Goethe House Library. Join us for a discus­sion of aims and functions.

The Goethe House is located at 1014 Fifth Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd Streets. For more information, call Gesine Worm at [redacted] or Marianne Goldscheider at [redacted].

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Here are the new locations of several WiG members who have changed or acquired jobs. Congratulations to them!

Konstanze Bäumer, Syracuse U., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Angelika Bammer, Vanderbilt U., Nashville, TN 37253.

Gerlinde Geiger, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.

Marlene Heinemann, U. Wyoming, Laramie, 82071.

Patricia Herminghouse, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, II. Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627.

Biddy Martin, Cornell U. , Ithaca, NY 14853-

Dorothy Rosenberg, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901.

Also, Susan Cocalis has at long last returned, from Berlin to U. Mass., Amherst. Bunny Weiss has a visiting appointment (one year) at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601. Miriam Frank has been in New York for some months, living in a German-speaking neighborhood, doing research on women in unions and teaching, in Humanities and Adult Education, as an adjunct faculty member at NYU.

BY THE WAY ... I can only announce relocations that come to my attention, so if you're moving--permanently or temporarily—please LET WIG KNOW.

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Does anyone know the current address of Pat Russian? Word has it that Pat has a baby daughter, and we would like to hear from her (them).



Letters from WiG members are always welcome and appreciated, whether they get published in the newsletter or not. Here are a few excerpts from letters received during the past several months, for your collective enjoyment, inspiration, indignation, or action, as appropriate.

From Charlotte Smith, Seattle: "Enclosed is a gift subscription for a friend (Germanistin) . . . The last newsletter, which .I just received, gave me the usual lift and reminded me that I am not alone. Thanks ..."

From Renate Delphendahl, Orono, ME: "I myself am very impressed with the good work you and the dedicated others have done. I can now see that we will consti­tute a network of women who can help each other. After the Boston conference of 1982 I gave a one-hour seminar on my campus reporting on the highlights of the meeting and the audience was impressed with what WiG has been doing. I got questions on which of Luise Rinser's works are available in English, and the idea of how women are portrayed in fairy tales sparked quite a discussion.
. . . Even though no colleague from my department came to my talk, there were about 35 faculty members from English and Speech and other departments who were interested to find out about WiG."

From a new student member: . . . "How sad that as an undergrad I was taught only male authors, analysis, criticism--with the feminist approach . . or German women authors de-emphasized. I learned from the History Dept. that [a WiG member? studied [at _______ University?] -- I had never heard this and in fact when I told a German professor I was curious about [her], he asked me if I intended to be a radical feminist. So it seems they resent this if it is more than just innocent scholarship that doesn't intend to change things. . . .
I am excited to have learned of your existence and I'm very hopeful about participating in the organization in the future ... I will also pass on all information to as many people as possible." (names withheld by editor).

From Mary M. El-Beheri, President, Texas Chapter AATG, San Antonio, TX: "In reading the Women in German Textbook Reviews, I was impressed with the thorough­ness of the reviewers and would like to know why books used in high school German programs were not reviewed. This is needed, especially in states like Texas, where millions of dollars are spent by the state for the textbooks, which are literally chosen by a state committee. . . . If, in fact, WiG wants to have among its membership high school teachers of German, then please con­sider directing something of interest to us. There are feminists among us and we are a very large segment of the teachers of German . . . Keep up the good work. Hope to attend the WiG business meeting in San Francisco." (ed. note: Textbook reviewing will be discussed at the October conference in Boston.
The San Francisco AATG Meeting might be a good place to recruit people to review high school textbooks. Meanwhile, anyone interested in reviewing any German textbook from a feminist perspective should let WiG know.)


AATG 1983

Women in German has arranged two sessions, one pedagogical and one literary, on the topic Women and Peace for the 1983 AATG Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The sessions are scheduled for 2:45 - 6:00 pm on Friday, 25 November. A business meeting will follow the literary session.

2:45 - 4:15 pm


Moderators: Helga W. Kraft (U. Florida, Gainesville) and Richard Johnson (Indiana U.-Purdue U., Fort Wayne).

Presenters: Barbara F. Hyams (U. Tulsa, 0K)--lmages of Women and Peace in the New German Cinema; Kathryn Strachota (Stanford U.)—Women in the Military; Sydna Stern Weiss (Hamilton Coll., Clinton, NY)--A Teaching Module: Women and Peace.

4:15 - 5:45 pm

Moderators: Edith Potter (Scripps Coll., Claremont, CA) and Jorun B. Johns (California State Coll., San Bernardino).

Presenters: Irmgard Hunt (Texas Tech. U., Lubbock)--Frauen für Frieden: Gedichte, Schilderungen, Reflexionen; Myra N. Love (U. California, Berkeley)—Christa Wolf: Literatur heute muss Friedensforschung sein; Edna H. Spitz (Stanford U.)--Bertha von Suttner, Champion for Peace: "Lay Down Your Arms. Tell that to Many, Many—;" Dagmar Lorenz (Ohio State U.)--Else Lasker-Schüler and Her Pacifist Ideas.

MLA 1983

Besides the two sessions on Women and Literary History agreed on last year for the 1983 MLA Convention in New York, WiG members have arranged and/or are participating in several other sessions at the meeting. Also, this year WiG is co-sponsoring a cash bar with the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages—the better to network with other feminists in the profession. See you at some or all of the following:


Tuesday, 27 December, 7:00 - 8:15 pm, Chelsea B, Sheraton


Presiding: Karen Achberger (St. Olaf Coll.).

Presenters: Sara Lennox (U. Mass., Amherst)--"Die Weißen, sie sollen verflucht sein Gender, Race and History in Ingeborg Bachmann; Helen Fehervary (Ohio State U.)--A Terrible Euphoria: Ingeborg Bachmann and Ulrike Meinhof; Sigrid Weigel (U. Hamburg) Die Utopie hinter der Wand: die weibliche Perspektive in Ingeborg Bachmanns Prosa.

Respondent: Renate Voris (U. Virginia).


MLA 1983 (continued)


1. Tuesday, 27 December, 9:00 - 10:15 pm, Senate, Sheraton


Presiding: Renate Delphendahl (U. Maine, Orono) and Patricia Herminghouse (U. Rochester).

Presenters: Gudrun Brokoph-Mauch (St. Lawrence ll.)--The Year 197**: Laying the Foundation for the New Generation; Dorothy Rosenberg (Colby Coll.)—The Third Wave: New Women Writers and Women's Issues in the GDR; Elisabeth Nations (Augustana Coll. Illinois)--I = Myself: Women Taking Hold of Their Lives; Jeanette Clausen (Indiana U.-Purdue 1)., Fort Wayne)--"Wei 1 es nicht selbstverständlich ist:" Abortion Experiences in Recent Fiction by GDR Women Writers.

2. Wednesday, 28 December, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Commonwealth, Sheraton


Presiding: Sieglinde Lug (U. Denver) and Barbara Becker-Cantar¡no (U. Texas).

Presenters: Joan Reutershan (New York U.)--Working Class Women Writers in Wilhelmine Germany and the Literary Canon; Julie Prandi (Columbia II.)—Methodo­logical Considerations toward a New "Image" of Women in Literary History; Jeannine Blackwell (Michigan State U.)--Deconstructing the Canon.

The program will conclude with a brief business meeting.


The MLA Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession is sponsoring the fol­lowing workshop coordinated by Barbara Wright; check MLA program for time and place:


Presiding: Barbara Wright (U. Conn., Storrs); Keynote speaker: Florence Howe (The Feminist Press). Panelists will speak on teaching and teaching materials for several languages.


The program arranged by the Kafka Society for the 100th anniversary of Kafka's birth includes the following workshop (check MLA program for time and place):


Presiding: Evelyn T. Beck (U. Wisconsin, Madison). Panelists: Angelika Bammer (Vanderbilt U.); Jeanette Clausen (IPFW); Helen Fehervary (Ohio State U.).



For NEMLA, March 29-31, 1984 in Philadelphia, Renate Delphendahl is planning a session on Alienation in Kafka's Fiction. Send 7-8 page papers by Sept. 15 to: Renate Delphendahl, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Classics, Univ. of Maine, Orono, ME 04469.

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The Women's Studies Quarterly has issued a call for papers for special issues coming in 1983 and 1984:

for winter 1983: Teaching About Mothering/Motherhood (Deadline for submissions: 1 August 1983)

for spring 1984: Teaching About Women and Peace, Militarism, Women and the Military (Deadline for submissions: 1 October 1983)

for fall 1984: Teaching About Sexuality and Reproduction (Deadline for submissions: 1 December 1983)

The editors of WSQ wish to offer a nucleus of teaching materials around themes central to women's studies. They are seeking essays, as well as model course syllabi, key bibliographies, or reviews of clusters of books essential for the classroom. Essays may focus on pedagogy, on students' responses, on curricular design, or on particular aspects of the central themes, e.g., with regard to "Teaching About Mothering/Motherhood," they are interested in essays on teaching about such topics as mother/daughter relationships, single mothers, lesbian mothers, or mothers with particular racial or ethnic identities. Essays written from a single disciplinary perspective are welcome, as are those from an inter­disciplinary perspective, and essays related to teaching on the preK - 12 level and in community as well as campus settings.

Address: Florence Howe, Editor. Women's Studies Quarterly, The Feminist Press, Box 334, Old Westbury, NY 11568.

--Don't you think it's time we got some things about German into this journal? WSQ is interested in international feminism; two international supplements are published each year in addition to the four regular issues. For subscription and ordering information, write to the above address.

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Helaine Victoria Press


Helaine Victoria Press, publishers of postcards on women in history, announced a call for "postcard manuscripts" at the National Women's Studies Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 26-30.



"We need scholars, students, and other writers to submit pictures and information on women in history to develop into new postcards," Jocelyn Cohen, co-director of the Press said. "We are celebrating our Tenth Anniversary by expanding our production of cards and we need help to do it. We're especially interested in original source material, but do use secondary sources also."

The researcher will be credited on the card and will receive 100 first-run copies in appreciation for the work. Helaine Victoria Press is a non-profit educational organization which has printed and sold more than 100,000 postcards in the last ten years.

"A postcard is first of all an exciting clear photograph," Nancy Poore, co­director of the Press said. "Concerning the text on the back, we want researchers to write a caption which further relates the picture to the subject. Specific historic details and accuracy are essential. The maximum length is about 190 words." The Press will take the researcher's text as a guide to write the actual caption. They also need a write-up about the woman or event, three to ten pages long, perhaps a research paper or article especially written for the Press to back-up the caption and to keep in the research files, and a short bibliography on the woman or event. Bibliographies will be available with the cards for teachers and others who want to read more about each subject.

The Press needs postcard manuscripts for the next two to three year's publishing schedule. They plan four sets of cards on the following subjects: 1. Latin American and Hispanic Women in Politics, Culture and Change i.e. revolutionary activity, art and folk art, music and literature. 2. Haymarket Riot 100 Year Commemorative Set, focusing on the contributions of women to the struggle of organized labor in the U.S. from 1886 to 1986, particularly events involving immigrant, minority and rural working women. 3. Women's Brigades and Auxi­liaries - worldwide history of women organizing their own special groups, usually within a larger movement--for example, Women's Russian Brigade of Death, the Pullman Porters Ladies' Auxiliary. 4. Political Action by Minority Women in the U.S. in such causes as civil rights, women's liberation, environmental concerns, and peace. The publishers also plan a fifth set of cards centered on a theme suggested by researchers' contributions.

For those not familiar with Helaine Victoria postcards, or who do not know which women have already been portrayed in cards, you may get the new catalog and two sample cards by sending $1 to Helaine Victoria Press, 4080 Dynasty Lane, Martinsville, IN 46151. Writers, researchers, historians--everyone interested— are invited to a Ten Year Retrospective of Helaine Victoria Press at Indiana University in Bloomington from October 1 to 22 in the Fine Arts Building.

Please do not send original photographs. Send a good glossy print or even a xerox copy. If your idea can be used by the Press, they will get in touch with you about the original. Helaine Victoria Press will use as many of the postcard manuscripts as are suitable and as they can afford to publish. A special campaign to raise money to publish the cards is underway. All materials received will be acknowledged, but not returned as the material will be filed for possible future use. Where more than one person submits similar material Helaine Victoria will take from each and credit all.


--There you are, folks—send Helaine Victoria some German, German-Jewish, German American, German-whoever women for this wonderful new project. (P.S. They already have a postcard of Rosa Luxemburg and Clara Zetkin.)

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FEMINISTSCHE STUDIEN is a new interdisciplinary journal similar to Signs. It can be ordered by writing to Verlag Beltz & Co., Postfach 2346, Ch-4002 Basel, Switzerland. (Subscription DM35/year; single copy DM 20 plus postage.) A review of the first issue of Feministische Studien (Nov. 1982) by Theresia Sauter Bailliet appeared in “”Feminist Forum,” the newsletter of Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1983), pp. vi-viii. The address of WSIF is: (for North American) or (outside North America) Headington Hill Hall, Oxford, OX3 OBW England.

(Incidentally, who out there would like to review subsequent issues of Feministische Studien for the WiG newsletter?)

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The first issue of FEMINIST TEACHER is in preparation. This journal will regularly address the situation and problems of feminist teachers. For the first issue, essays or narratives about experiences in feminist teaching, and article-length manuscripts addressing the issues of feminist teaching within a historical, methodological, or pedagogical context were collected (deadline was August 1, 1983). For information, write to: Feminist Teacher Editorial Collective, Dept. of English, [redacted] Indiana U., Bloomington, IN 47401.

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A new book review periodical began publication this summer. Conceived and planned by women currently teaching in Boston-area colleges and universities, The Women's Review of Books will be a monthly newspaper-format publication.
Our intention is to help solve a problem which many of us (both in the academic world and outside it) are increasingly aware of: that is, the fast-growing body of writing, both general-interest and scholarly, which has been one result of the contemporary women's movement, receives a disproportionately small share of attention in the established book review periodicals and in the media gen­erally. Keeping up with writing in the great variety of fields that feminist readers are typically interested in—from fiction to philosophy, anthropology to art, political science to poetry--gets harder every year, and the existing feminist magazines and newspapers can only partly respond to that need.

The Women's Review of Books will do something to remedy this situation. Starting with a small pilot issue in June 1983, then, every month from next October onward,




we will publish a 20-page issue containing eight to ten substantial in-depth reviews of recently published books by and/or about women, both academic and general-interest in nature. The reviewing staff and editorial board will be composed of well-known and respected feminist writers working in all fields, both in and outside academia.

The kind of books we expect to review include: feminist writing in all fields, both general - interest and academic women's studies, as well as autobiography, fiction and poetry by women, especially those whose writing focuses on identifiably feminist concerns. We will also, from time to time, look at a variety of other kinds of work of interest to our audience. These could include, for example, textbooks and children's books, especially the con­spicuously sexist and the conspicuously non-sexist, and misogynistic or homo­phobic books which attract particular attention or praise in the "male" media. We also plan occasional longer retrospective "review essays" focusing, for example, on trends in a particular area of Women's Studies, on the work of one poet or fiction writer, on the feminist writing within one ethnic or religious group, and so on.

For all of this to become a reality, we need support. We urge all of you to subscribe: our special pre-publication rate (up to September 1st 1983) is $9.00 for 12 issues plus the pilot issue; thereafter the subscription rate is $12 for individuals and $25 for institutions. In addition to subscription income, we also need (tax-deductible) donations to help us pay our start-up costs. For those with the resources, we offer a lifetime subscription for $200; but anything you want to give will help us reach our goal.

Linda Gardiner

Donations and subscriptions should THE WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS, [redacted]

(N.B. : I have seen the June 1983 pilot issue, and it is very good. --JC.)


Jeannine Blackwell's dissertation is available in softcopy/hardcopy from Univ. Microfilms, Diss. Abstracts Publication No. A-DG83-07995:

Blackwell, L. Jeannine. Bildungsroman mît Dame: The Heroine in the German Bildungsroman from 1770 to 1900. University Microfilms Inter­national, 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. (1982). Published on demand by University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A./London, England.

The major authors and works discussed are: Sophie von LaRoche, Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim; Friederike Helene Unger, Julchen Grünthal ; Johanna Schopenhauer, Gabriele; Therese Huber, Hannah, der Herrnhuterin Deborah Findling;



Karl Gutzkow, Wally die Zweiflerin; Fanny Lewald, Jenny; Wilhelmine von Hillern, Ein Arzt der Seele; Theodor Fontane, Mathilde Möhring; Gabriele Reuter, Aus guter Familie. The diss. also has a 25-page bibliography.

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'Die Unschuld und die Schrift." Deutsche Frauenromane im 18. Marburg: Verlag Guttandin und Hoppe, 1983.

“ . . . die literarische Gattung des Romans lerweist sichl als Moglichkeit, die Anstrengungen zur Normierung der Frauen zu unterlaufen. Der Roman stellt einen anderen Raum dar, sowohl was seine Produktion angeht (die Frau am Schreibtisch ist wo-anders!) als auch was die Welt angeht, die er entwirft. Indiz dafür ist das Bewu3tsein, mit dem Heldinnen und, auf einer anderen Ebene, Autorinnen auf das Schreiben und das Produkt, den Roman, reflektieren. Die These von einer ungebrochenen Propagierung der Idreifachen Bestimmung des Weibes,1 die in der Frau als unschuldiger Heldin ihr Bild fände, laβt sich nicht halten. Das ambivalente Verhaltnis der Frauen zum Roman--die moralisch-didaktische Darstellung weiblicher Identitat und die gleichzeitige Irritation dieser Entwurfe-begreift sich selbst als asthetische Praxis, die die gesellschaftliche Situation der Frau thematisiert und ihre Chancen, literarisch zu arbeiten, Fiktionen zu entwerfen. Die Spuren dieser Problematik durchzlehen die Frauenromane des 18. Jahrhunderts: Die Schrift, Raum des Schreibens, erhebt Einspruch gegen die Unschuld als umfassendes Modell burgerlicher Weiblichkeit." (quoted from Helga Meise, “Thesen uber die literarische Produktion von Frauen im 18. Jahrhundert--am Beispiel  ‘Roman‘ ,“ p. 4.)

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Totgeschwiegen. Texte zur Situation der Frau in Österreich von 1880 bis in die Zwischenkriegszeit. Hsg. Sigrid Schmid und Hanna Schnedl. österreichischer Bundesverlag, September 1983. ($248.—; DM34.80).

"Schriftstellerinnen des ausgehenden 19- und beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts setzen sich mit dem Alltag von Frauen verschiedener Herkunft auseinander, machen deren Zwänge und Konfliktsituationen deutlich. Für die Auswahl der Texte war vor allem die Authentizität, mit der historische Realitäten dargestellt wurden, maßgebend, nicht der Bekanntheitsgrad der Autorinnen."

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Dal Saiatto al Partito. Scrittrici tedesche tra la rivoluzione borghese e il diritto di voto (1748). Ed. Lia Secci. Milano: Savelli Editori, 1981.

In Italian. Description of contents not available.

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WiG received a complimentary copy of Angelika Mechtel's new novel Gott und die Liedermacherin (München: Paul List Verlag, 1983). The description on the back cover says:



"Respektlos erotische Kabinettstückchen weiblicher Phantasie sind die Geschichten der Liedermacher In, die sie während Ihrer Tournee durch die USA den Zuhörern präsentiert. Statt Lieder zu singen, wie es vertraglich ver­einbart war, beginnt sie angesichts der wachsenden Gefahr einer nuklearen Vernichtung ihres Heimatkontinents Europa Geschichten gegen Gott und die Welt der Männer zu erzählen, wie Scheherazade erzählt hat, um den Sultan vom Töten abzubringen. Das Schicksal der Liedermacher in verläuft allerdings anders als das der Scheherazade: als sie in die Bundesrepublik zurückkehrt, wird ihr der Prozess gemacht. Die Anklage lautet auf 'obszöne Verunglimpfung männlicher Werte.'"

(By an interesting coincidence, the USA-tour takes place in the fall of 1981, the year that Angelika Mechtel herself toured the US--and attended a WiG conference.)

--If someone would like to review this book for a future issue of the WiG newsletter, write and I will send it to you.

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Irmgard Eisner Hunt, Mutter und Muttermythos in Günter Grass' Roman DER BUTT. Frankfurt/M., Bern, 1983. 235 S. Europäische Hochschulschriten: Reihe 1, Deutsche Sprache und Literatur. Bd. 647- (sFr. 61.--).

"Die vorliegende Studie bietet eine Analyse der Frauengestalten in Günter Grass' Roman, Der Butt. Das Wunschbild der Frau als Mutter weist auf einen Muttermythos, der das Geschlechterverhältnis der Vergangenheit kennzeichnet und das der Gegenwart elegisch darstellt. Der offenendige Roman deutet eine utopische, doch unformulierte Hoffnung an, die der Autor in die Frau legt, da in seiner Sicht die patriarchalische Gesel1schaft gefehlt hat. Für die Zukunft ergeben sich mögliche Ansätze zur erforderlichen Überwindung des Muttermythos."

Aus dem Inhalt: Allgemeine Einführung in den 'Butt'—Analyse der Frauen- gestalten--Problematik der Geschlechterverhältnisse—Der Muttermythos und seine Überwindung."

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FORTHCOMING: German Women in the Nineteenth Century: A Social History, ed. John C. Fout (Homes and Meier, 1984).



1. "Current Research on German Women's History," by John C. Fout.

2. "Enlightened Reforms and Bavarian Girls' Education: Tradition through Innovation," by Joanne Schneider.

3. "Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen," by Deborah Hertz.



4. "Henriette Schieiermacher: A Woman in a Traditional Role," by Gwendolyn E. Jensen.

5. "The Reading Habits of Women in the Vormärz," by Renate Möhrmann.

6. "Prelude to Consciousness: Amalie Sieveking and the Female Association for the Care of the Poor and Sick," by Catherine M. Prelinger.

7. "Female Political Opposition in Pre 1848 Germany. The Role of Kathinka Zitz-Halein," by Stanley Zucker.

8. "German Women Writers and the Revolution of 1848," by Lia Secci.

9. "Self-Conscious Histories: Biographies of German Women in the Nineteenth Century," by Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres.

10. "Growing Up Female in the Nineteenth Century," by Juliane Jacobi-Dittrich.

11. "The Radicalization of Lily Braun," by Alfred G. Meyer.

12. "The Impact of Agrarian Change on Women's Work and Child Care in Early Nineteenth Century Prussia," by W. R. Lee.

13. "Domestic lndustry--A Refutation of the Stereotypic Image of German Industrialization," by Barbara Franzoi.

14. "Social Insurance and the Family Work of Oberlausitz Houseweavers in the Late Nineteenth Century," by Jean H. Quataert.

15. "The Woman's Role in the German Working-Class Family in the 1890‘s: From the Perspective of Women's Autobiographies," by John C. Fout.

16. "Women Under Medical Control: Health Propaganda and the Discipline of the Working-Class Family in Imperial Germany," by Ute Frevert.

17. "The Female Victim: Homicide and Women in Imperial Germany," by Randolph E. Bergstrom and Eric A. Johnson.

18. "An English Language Bibliography on the History of Women," by John C. Fout

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Forthcoming in the Fischer series "Die Frau in der Gesellschaft": Maria Wagner Mathilde Franziska Anneke (Letters and documents of her life, with analysis and commentary by Maria Wagner).


Beiträge zur feministischen Theorie und Praxis (the journal of the association "Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Praxis für Frauen e.V.") has devoted issue No. 8 (spring 1983) to the theme "Gegen welchen Krieg--für welchen Frieden." There is a review of this issue in Feminist Forum, the newsletter of Women's Studies International Forum Vo1. 6, No” 3 (1983), p. xiii. Gegen welchen Krieg--für welchen Frieden is available for DM14.- (Yearly subscription DM38.-) from: Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Praxis für Frauen, [redacted]

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A special journal issue on East German women writers is available from the association "Centro Studi Donna Woman Femme," [redacted] Articles in Italian, summaries in French and English



N. 18 - Autunno 1981


Le scrittrici della Germania Orientale


3 Editoriale
7 Vita e avventure della trobadora Beatriz secondo le testimonainze della sua musicante Laura, di Irmtraud Morgner
17 Leggere e scrivere, di Christa Wolf
31 <<L’officina>> di Anna Seghers e l’elaborazione dell’eredità culturale: un colloquio con Christa Wolf, a cura di Antonella Gargano
43 L’ombra di un sogno. Cronaca di una lettura, di Vanada Perretta
49 La questione femminile nella letteratura della Repubblica Democratica Tedesca: temi e tendenze, di Lia Secci             
61  Per una teoria della dissonanza la Mutazione di Christa Wolf
73  Modelli di scrittura: tra autobiografia ed immaginario, di Antonella Gargano
85  Maxie Wander e la letteratura documentaria, die Christine Wolter
95  La letteratura femminile degli anni ’70 nella Germania Orientale, di Eva Kaufmann


103 Le lettere di Stella Browne a The Freewoman, di Elisabetta Molinari

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117 Recensioni e schede di lettura
124 Libri e riviste ricevulti
127 Résumés/Abstracts
131 Avviso



The Hamburg conference ended late on the afternoon of Hay 27 with a press con­ference. Ten or so reporters were present; one of them a man. The item below was sent to WiG by Joan Moessner; though she didn't say what newspaper it's from, it seems very likely to have been written by said male reporter, who claimed to be from "Die Welt." —While the writer's attitude isn't exactly news to us, it does remind us, should we be so distracted as to forget, of what we're up against.

Feminismus in Böhmen

da - Palmström reiste einmal in ein böhmisches Dorf: Unverständlich blieb ihm alles dort, von dem ersten bis zum letzten Wort." Das war ihm ein Erlebnis „voll von Honig". Am Freitag beschloß eine Universitätsgruppe ihre Tagung über „Feministische Literaturwissenschaft" mit einer Pressekonferenz. Die wissenschaftlerinnen aus sechs Ländern untersuchten die Rolle der Frau in der deutschen Literatur der letzten drei Jahrunderte. Emilia Galotti - das ist die juegendliche Unschuld, die durch ihre angeborene Verführungskraft eben doch schuldig ist in den Augen der Männer; in ihr wird die Reinheit zum Fettisch. Muß man feministisch sein, um darauf zu kommen? Hingegen Ingeborg Bachmann - verkannt ist sie von männlichen Kritikern, ihre Texte können von Männnnern nicht entschlüsselt werden, nur weibliches Denken ermöglicht den richtigen Zugang.

Mit einer provikanten Frage („ Wer war der gr
ößte Literatur-Macho?" wird nur Lächeln geerntet - es sind die gesellschaftlichen Gegebenheiten, die die Männer so denken lassen. Eine Wissenschaft entdeckt, daß Literatur ex tunc von den beiden Geschlechtern verschieden aufgenommen wird, ja, ihnen etwas Verschiedenes bedeuten muß. Alnders als für  Palmström ist dies nicht süß, sonder bitter, vor allem, wenn das, was für Literatur gilt, für Pressekonferenzen nicht gelten soll.


Montag, 30. Mai 1983


Eigentlich ist das Wort konservativ ganz leicht zu definieren. Konservativ sein bedeutet an alten Gewohnheiten festhalten. Militärs von der alten Schule gelten zum Beispiel als konservativ, weil Tradition und Gehorsam für sie eine sehr wichtige Rolle spielen. Christlich orientierte Menschen und Frauen gelten oft als konservativ, denn auch sie — so glauben viele — wollen an alten Gewohnheiten festhalten.

From: Günther Bicknese. Hier und Heute. Lesen leicht gemacht. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1983), p. 1.

(item sent by Helga Kraft.)



Item from the DAAD-Letter (Bonn: DAAD), No. 2, June 1983, p. 21, sent to WiG by Barbara Kaltz.

Vorlesungen nur für Frauen

Die Initiative einiger Frauen an der Universität Frankfurt löste im vergangenen Semester erregte Diskussionen aus. Das „Frauenplenum", eine lockere Vereinigung von Studentinnen - vor allem der Soziologie, Pädagogik und Germanistik -, die unter anderem in Arbeitsgruppen regelmäßig uni-spezifische und allgemeine Frauenfragen gemeinsam diskutieren, kündigte eine Ringvorlesung über zwei Semester an. Nicht das Thema „Feminsitische Wissenschaft" war es, an dem sich die Gemüter erhitzten, sondern der Hinweis in der Akündigung: „Nur für Frauen".
In der Leserbriefspalte der Universitätszeitschrift wurde der Disput offen ausgetragen. „Es ist dies, meines Wissens nach, die erste wissenschaftliche Veranstaltung an der Universität Frankfurt seit 1945, von der eine bestimmte Gruppe von Universitätsmitgliedern - gekennzeichnet durch unveränderte physiologische Merkmale - von der Teilnahme ausgeschlossen wurde", schreibt ein Professor der Gesellschaftswissenschaften und nennt das Verbot „widerrechtlich". Ein anderer, Professor der Mathematik, erinnert direkt an den Ausschluß der Juden von der Wissenschaft im Dritten Reich und zieht eine Verbindung zwischen „feministischer Wissenschaft" und „deutscher Physik".
Die Frankfurterinnen argumentieren dagegen, daß  Frauen dem „weiblichen Ghetto" gesellschaftlicher Ungleichheit nur entkommen könnten, wenn sie sich „eigene Diskussionszusammenhänge schaffen könnten". Männer seien dabei „nicht aufgrund ihrer Geschlechtszugehörigekit unerwünscht, sondern wegen ihres sozialen Umgangs damit".
Wilma Mohr, assistentin am Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften mit gutem Kontakt zum Frauenforum und aktiv an den Ringvorlesungen beteiligt, wundert sich über die Empörung der ausgeschlossenen Männer einerseits und ihr geringes Interesse für die Frauenforschung andererseits. Im Rahmen der offiziellen Veranstaltungen des Fachbereichs hielt sie ein Seminar ab über „Frauenarbeit und ökonomisch-technischen Wandel". Von etwa 70 Teilnehmern waren nur vier Männer.

Um frauenbezigene Themen wie dieses, Themen der Wissenschaft, der Industriesoziologie, der Frauenbewegung wissenschaftlich behandeln zu können, hatten sich die Frankfurterinnen seit langem um einen Lehrstuhl für Frauenforschung bemüht. Die Professorinnenstelle wurde jedoch kürzlich vom Hessischen Kultusminister abgelehnt, An der Freien Universität Berlin existiert seit zwei Jahren eine in der Bundesrepublik einmalige „Zentraleinrichtung zur Förderung von Frauenforschung und Frauenstudien", deren Aufgabe es ist, den Frauenaspekt in Lehre und Forschung an der FU einzuführen und auszubauen. In Bielefeld wurde im vergangenen Wintersemester die Interdisziplinäre Forschungsgruppe Frauenforschung" eingerichtet, die in der Bundesrepublik auch die erste ihrer Art ist. Geplant sind Forschungsprojekte in den Bereichen „Geschlechtliche Arbeitsteilung und weibliche Erwerbstätigkeit", „Weibliche Bildung" und „Frauen und Dritte Welt".



Margot Schroeder writes that she has applied for a travel grant to visit the U.S. and if it comes through, she and her friend Johanna Haake will attend the October conference! They also want to visit San Francisco. If you would like to see them while they're here, write to WiG for more information (Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, IPFW, Fort Wayne, IN 46805).

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Alexandra Busch [redacted] will write her Examensarbeit on Djuna Barnes, and would like to correspond with other women who have worked on this author. She is interested in issues of Barnes- reception, where and in what context her works are taught, and recent trends in Barnes-criticism.

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Texas AATG Chapter

A committee of women from the Texas Chapter, AATG will sponsor a Tucholsky sumposium on May 4-6, 1985, (the 50th year after his death), to be held at the Goethe Institute, Houston. Paper proposals or inquiries may be sent to the committee chair, Mary M. El-Beheri, Douglas MacArthur High School, 2923 Bitters Rd., San Antonio, TX 78217.

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Departments which have joined WiG as sponsoring members are:

German Dept., U. Minnesota, Minneapolis.
German Dept., Ohio State U., Columbus.
Mod. For. Lang., Indiana U.-Purdue U., Fort Wayne.

The support of departmental members is appreciated.

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To everyone who sent material for this newsletter, many many thanks. Special accolades and at least four cheers to Edith Waldstein, who sent all the con­ference information to me on time, and to Joey Horsley for again coordinating registration.

By the way . . . the ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE for material for the November 1983 newsletter is 1 November 1983. No exceptions! (I don't think.)

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Connie Munk typed, cut, pasted and above all cared about this newsletter.
Erin Clausen drew the illustrations on p. 19 and p. 20.


Women in German Annual Conference
Thompson's Island, Boston, MA
Oct. 13-16, 1983

Complete both sides of form.

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 expenses, lodging, three meals per day and boat transportation to/from the island. As in past years, we have calculated regis­tration fees on a dual price structure to try to keep the conference more affordable for students and the unemployed. If you "technically" fall into one of those cat­egories but have adequate outside income, please consider paying the "employed" rate— this will help WiG partially subsidize travel for those who must come long distances. For childcare information, see over.

A. Overnight accommodation (Please check your choice):

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I intend to spend night(s) of Oct. 13 14 15 (please circle) on Thompson's Island.

B. Day-hopping (Please check your choice):

1. Conference attendance only: includes boat transportation. Please check days you plan to attend:

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1. Meals. Please check the meals you plan to eat on Thompson's island:

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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.

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*(Please indicate means, i.e., Airline Flight #, busline, Amtrack, car, etc.)

Please enclose a SASE for information regarding land/boat information.

_____ Please check if you are a student/unemployed and would like help covering your travel expenses, especially for long-distance travel. Cost of round-trip travel from your home to the conference: $______.

(After all conference bills are paid, we will divide any remaining funds on a percentage basis among those of you who request travel assistance. We very much want to help those who need it, but unfortunately we can't guarantee that money will be left after expenses or predict what percentage you may be reimbursed.
After the 1982 conference we were able to reimburse 8 people approximately of their expenses.)

III. Childcare: WiG will provide childcare at the conference but there is a charge for room and board for children over 2 (same as student/unemployed rate, over). Please include this in your registration calculations. (Last year we were able to reimburse part of this expense, but it cannot be guaranteed in advance.)

I 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/bed (circle)
_____ Needs own room/bed (circle)

 Please note special needs or other relevant information: ____________________

IV. Natural Foods Option: Although the conference center provides attractive vegetarian menu choices, a natural foods option (vegetarian) may be available for a modest sur­charge ($10 or less), to be collected at the conference. If you choose this option, please check below. We need to know in advance in order to provide enough food.

I desire the natural foods option for the following meals:

Oct. 13
___ supper

Oct. 14
___ breakfast
___ lunch
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Oct. 15
___ breakfast
___ lunch
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Oct. 16
___ breakfast
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Please make your check out to "Women in German" form and stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Joey Horsley [redacted]

PLEASE NOTE: If you register after September 15, we must charge you a late registration fee of $10.00.


WiG Agenda, 1983-84

Name ______  Phone(s) ______ 

Address ___________ 

Please fill in any or all of the following items and send this sheet to Jeannine Blackwell by 1 October 1983. Jeannine will collate the responses for the WiG business meeting agenda for the October conference. REMEMBER that you are welcome (even urged!) to participate in WiG planning whether you are able to attend the October meeting or not.

1. Nominations for WiG Steering Committee.

The six SC members serve staggered 3_year terms (see Nov. 1982 newsletter).
Please include name and address or affiliation; try to nominate from different geographical areas. Also, be sure the woman you nominate is willing to serve.

1. _________________
2. _________________                                                  

II. Suggestions for 1984 WiG sessions. Indicate whether you are willing to organize a session on the topic(s) you propose, and at which conference.

A. AATG 1984   
1. ______________  (Pedagogy)
2. ______________  (Literature)

B. MLA 1984      
1. ______________
2. ______________

C. WiG conference (probably again in Boston in 1984; guest authors Irmtraud Morgner and Helga Schütz).

1. ______________
2. ______________
3. ______________
4. ______________       

D. Suggested guest authors for future WiG conferences (please include brief bio and list of the author's major works.

1. ______________
2. ______________

III. WiG projects (see pp. 6-7).

A. Amount of time you would be able to work on a WiG project during 1983-84: _____

B. Project(s) you would most like to work on (indicate what you could do):
1. Textbook reviewing____________     
2. Translation_______________        
3. WiG Yearbook 1984 (editing, refereeing of papers, typing, etc.)_____________
4. Bibliography, book reviews, journal reviews, etc. (be specific). _____________
5. Other:______________ (use back of page for additional comments)

Mail to: Jeannine Blackwell, [redacted] by 1 October 1983.



Weisefrau, Uta   32
Feminist University
Utopia, USA

This is Newsletter 32. Read your label and renew when numbers match.

Renew now, today, before you forget—sending out reminders is time-consuming and expensive, not to mention boring.

A new dues structure was approved at the October 1983 WiG conference. By increasing the rates for those earning higher salaries, we hope to be able to finance more projects, while still keeping rates low for students, the unem­ployed, and the underemployed.

Please fill out the section below, detach and return with your payment in 11.S. dollars (check or money order made out to Women in German). Subscribers outside North America: Please increase the amount in your category by one- third to help defray the cost of postage. Send membership form and payment to: WOMEN IN GERMAN, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, Indiana U.-Purdue U., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

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