August 1984 Newsletter


August 1984 Newsletter


Congresses; Feminism; Germanists



Number 34
August 1984


October 18-21, 1984
Thompson's Island, Boston

Guest Authors:

Irmtraud Morgner

Helga Schütz

Conference coordinators: Registration—Margaret Ward (Wellesley Coll.);
Program: Judith Jamieson (Providence Coll.) and Edith Waldstein (M.I.T.).

October 18

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

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Steering Committee meeting
Barbara Wright, chair

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

8:00 - 10:00 pm

Coordinators: Gail Newman (Williams Coll.) and Dorothy Rosenberg (Colby Coll.)

Presenters: Dennis Sweet (UNH)—A Common Difference? Gay Liberation and Feminism; Leslie Morris (U. Mass., Amherst)—The Chosen Other: Myths and Monoliths; Ruth­Ellen Boetcher Joeres (U. Minnesota)—Germanistik in Women's Studies; Gail Newman (Williams Coll.)—Hierarchies and Hiring; Marianne Goldscheider (Brooklyn, NY)— Inside or Outside Academe.

After brief presentations by the panelists, there will be small-group discussions ot all the issues raised. The panelists and other group coordinators will con­tinue to be available at mealtimes on Friday and Saturday to welcome new arrivals and all others who wish to continue the discussion. We hope to use this structure to help bring out the issues which divide us and which unite us.


October 19

Friday morning
8:30 am - breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am

Coordinator: Karen Achberger (St. Olaf Coll.)

Panelists: Sheila Johnson (Rice U.)—Women's Humor, Positive and/or Negative: Where Do We Find It In German Literature and Why Is It There?; Dagmar Lorenz (Ohio State U.)—Das Unbehagen am Humor; Gertraud Gutzmann (Smith Coll.) — Humor und Parodie in Irmgard Keuns Nach Mitternacht; Jeanette Clausen (IPFW)— Lichte Augenblicke: Feminismus, Humor und Wissenschaft.

11:45 - 1:00 pm

Open for special interest group meetings,
sports activities, free time.

Friday afternoon

1:00 pm - lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Coordinators: Sandy Frieden (U. Houston) and Marlene Heinemann (U. Wyoming)

Presenters: Lucia Watson (U. Wisconsin-Madison)—An ABC of Women in Literature; Victoria Joan Moessner (U. Alaska)—"Nehmen Sie es wie eine Frau, Madame, das ist Emanzipation:" Liedermacherinnen im Unterricht; Barbara Wright (U. Connecti­cut, Storrs)—What's in a Name? A Feminist Perspective on Communicative Com­petence.

The panel presentations will be followed by small-group discussion.

5:00 pm - dinner

6:00 - 7:30 pm — STRANDPARTY!

Friday evening

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Guest Author: HELGA SCHÜTZ

Discussion Leader: Patricia Herminghouse (U. Rochester)

An evening of readings by GDR author Helga Schütz, to be followed by open discussion.



October 20

Saturday morning

8:30 am - breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am

Coordinators: Patsy Baudoin (Schoenhof's Books) and Jeanette Clausen (IPFW).

Presenters: Sigrid Brauner (U. California, Berkeley)—Hexenjagd in Gelehrtenköpfen; Ritta Jo Horsley (U. Mass., Boston)—On the Trail of the "Witches." Social Roles of the Accused in European Witch Trials: Some Cases and Their Significance; Dorothy Rosenberg (Colby Coll.)—Witches and Subversives in Contemporary Literature.

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

Saturday afternoon             

1:00 pm - lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm

For agenda items, and to contribute to the agenda, see tear-out sheet, p. 15. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. This is the time for YOU to have your say in what does or doesn't get done in WIG during the coming year!

6:00 pm - dinner

Saturday evening
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Discussion leader: Christiane Zehl Romero (Tufts U.).

An evening of readings by GDR author Irmtraud Morgner, to be followed by open discussion.


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IRMTRAUD MORGNER and HELGA SCHÜTZ in the US: our two guest authors will spend a total of about 3 weeks in the US, and will visit several university campuses to give readings. At this writing, their exact itinerary isn't known. If you are interested in finding out where they'll be before and after the WIG conference, call Edith Waldstein (M.I.T.), or Margaret Ward (Wellesley Coll.), or Judith Jamieson (Providence Coll.).


October 21

Sunday morning

8:30 am - breakfast

9:00 - 11:30 am

Coordinators: Sandy Frieden (U. Houston) and Margaret Ward (Wellesley Coll.).

Discussion of feelings, issues, problems and successes which have come up during the conference. In past years, this final open discussion has proven to be a very important forum for evaluating the conference and sharing both emotional and intellectual concerns regarding WIG and our individual relationship to it. So please plan to attend.

12:45 pm - lunch

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

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: for the conference registration form, see page 13 of this newsletter. The deadline for registering is September 15, 1984. Why so early? you may be wondering. Well, it's because we have to let the folks on Thompson's Island know one month in advance how many of us there'll be and on which nights; arrival times (so boat transportation can be arranged) and that sort of thing. Also, this year there is no "overflow space" for us on the Island; only one building, with 63 beds, has been reserved for WIG. In other words, if you register late, you might have to find your own place to sleep!
So do it now! Before you forget! Help us conference organizers make this our most efficient WIG yet.

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Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm

Friday evening's program will feature GDR author Helga Schütz in reading and discussion of her works. Best known to Western readers as the author of the moving "Jette" stories, Helga Schütz is also recognized as an important figure in the film world of the GDR. Trained at the Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst at Potsdam/Babe1sberg and married to the well-known director Egon Günther, she has written the scenarios to important films such as the Georg Büchner story "Addio, piccola mla" (1979) and "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" (1976).

Highly autobiographical in nature, Schütz' best-known novels and stories are told from the perspective of a girl, Jette, who—like the author—grows up under fascism in a village in Silesia [Vorgeschichten oder Schöne Gegend Probste in, 1970] and is ttiken to Dresden in 1944 at the age of seven by her grandparents [Jette in Dresden (West German edition: Mädchenrätsel), 1977 J. Further Jette episodes are contained in the volumes Das Erdbeben bei Sangerhausen und andere



Geschichten (1972) and Festbeleuchtung (1973). In Schütz' latest novel, Erziehung zum Chorgesang, Jette is a young woman who has dropped her nickname in favor of the more adult "Julia." It is not the serial nature of the Jette stories but rather their unvarnished account of the experience of fascism and its effects on a girl and her small world which accounts for the attention that has been paid to Schütz' work and her impact on readers in both East and West Germany. Those familiar with Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster may wish to compare how differently the two authors attempt to deal authentically with the same experience, Wolf with extraordinary complexity and Schütz with childlike naiveté.

Most recently, Helga Schütz published Martin Luther, Eine Erzählung für den Film (1983). With the exception of Vorgeschichten, which is out of print, West German editions of all her works have been ordered by Patsy Baudoin and can be obtained through Schoenhof's Foreign Books in Cambridge, Mass.

— Patricia Herminghouse
U. Rochester


Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm

Saturday evening's program will be devoted to readings by Irmtraud Morgner, followed by discussion. Morgner is widely acclaimed as the most innovative, witty and pro-feminist writer in the GDR today. Her concern has always been to bridge the gap between theory—the much-touted legal equality for women in the GDR—and the realities of women's daily lives. In Morgner's books, nothing is impossible. In Trobadora Beatriz (1974), we followed the adventures of a medieval troubadour who awakens after an 800-year sleep and travels to the GDR in search of a place that is livable for women. (Note the words "in search of"). Now, ten years later, we have the long-awaited second book of the planned trilogy, and we hear the author of Amanda (1983) grumbling that a certain Irmtraud Morgner didn't tell the story of Beatriz correctly! So Beatriz is brought back again, this time as a siren. Morgner's stories have become more fantastic, the voices—and silences— harder to overhear, the formal experimentation bolder as the realities of the con­temporary world have become more dangerous, more urgent. Irmtraud Morgner creates complex and visionary pictures of women's struggles to enter history and humanize the world.

Irmtraud Morgner's major works are: Hochzeit in Konstantinopel (Berlin/DDR & Weimar 1968, Darmstadt & Neuwied 1979); Gauklerlegende. Eine Spielfraungeschichte (Berlin/DDR 1971, München 1971); Die wundersamen Reisen Gustavs des Weltfahrers (Berlin/ DDR & Weimar 1972, München 1973); Leben und Abenteuer der Trobadora Beatriz nach Zeugnissen ihrer Spielfrau Laura (Berlin/DDR & Weimar 1974, Darmstadt und Neuwied 1976); Amanda. Ein Hexenroman (Berlin & Weimar 1983, Darmstadt & Neuwied 1983).

--Jeanette Clausen
Indiana U. - Purdue U., Fort Wayne

To order books, contact: Schoenhof's Foreign Books, 76A Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138. [redacted]


Good news from Wiggies: CHARLOTTE ARMSTER has a new job in the German Dept. at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. EVELYN BECK has accepted the position of Women's Studies Director at the University of Maryland. MARIANNE BURKHARD (U. Illinois) has a visiting appointment at the University of Notre Dame for the fall 1984 semester. RUTH DAWSON (U. Hawaii) wrote that she wouldn't be coming to MLA alone this year—she's expecting a baby the end of July. HELEN FEHERVARY (Ohio State U.) has a daughter, a six-year-old from (I think) El Salvador who joined her last spring. GERTRAUD GUTZMANN (Smith College) got tenure, hurray! RENNY HARRIGAN (U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is expecting a baby in September. EDNA SPITZ (Stanford) is in Germany on an NEH grant, doing research on women's autobiographies in Marbach and Berlin. EDIE WALDSTEIN (M.l.T.) has a baby daughter, born in June 1984, and will be taking a leave from teaching during the fall semester. SYDNA WEISS (Bunny) was invited to teach a course on women in German literature at Middlebury College during summer 1984. The invitation was one of the after-effects of the WIG syllabi collection that Bunny edited, together with SIDONIE CASSIRER.

Speaking of the WIG syllabi collection, copies are still available. Just send $2.00 for postage and handling to Jeanette Clausen, newsletter address.

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It is very important that we all support feminist scholarship by ordering the new books on women for our university libraries as well as for our personal use. To illustrate just how important it is: Fischer Verlag, which has published many useful new titles in the series "Die Frau in der Gesellschaft," has told a prospective author that more works on women won't be scheduled if those recently published don't sell. Please BE SURE that your library orders the following two Fischer titles, both by WIG members (for reviews of these books, see the March 1984 issue of the WIG newsletter)—if they aren't sold soon, they will be "verramscht."

Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, Die Anfänge der deutschen Frauenbewegung: Louise Otto-Peters, 1983. Fischer Taschenbuch 3729. DM 12,80.

Germaine Goetzinger, Für die SelbstVerwirklichung der Frau: Louise Aston, 1983. Fischer Taschenbuch 3743. DM 12,80.

Also, please order the long-announced, endlessly awaited, hard-to-be 1ieve-but- it's-fina1ly-out anthology: German Feminism: Readings in Politics and Literature, ed. Edith Hoshino Altbach, Jeanette Clausen, Dagmar Schultz, Naomi Stephan (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1984). 389 pages. $12.95 paper.

WIG member Liselotte Gumpel (U. Minnesota, Morris) announces her new book Metaphor Reexamined. A Non-Aristotelian Perspective (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984). Published in the series "Advances in Semiotics," ed. Thomas A. Sebeok.

More new titles will be reviewed in the November issue of the WIG newsletter.



A conference on Women and Literature is scheduled for November 2-3, 1984 at the Goethe House, New York. On Friday evening, November 2, there will be a panel discussion "American and German Women Writers Exchange Experiences and Ideas." Panel moderator is Angelika Bammer (Vanderbilt U.); panelists include Carolyn Forche, Jana Harris, Roberta Sklar, Friederike Roth, Gabriele Wohmann, Gisela von Wysocki. The authors will read from their works on Saturday, November 3. For more information, contact the Goethe House, [redacted].

A conference on Mathilde Franziska Anneke is being planned for this winter (probably February) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anneke died in Milwaukee on November 24, 1884; she is the oldest feminist of German descent in this country. For further information on the conference plans, contact Renny Harrigan, Women's Studies Office, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211. [redacted]


ANNEKE, Mathilde Franziska. Die gebrochenen Ketten: Erzählungen, Reportagen und Reden (1861-1873). Ed. Maria Wagner. Stuttgarter Nachdrücke zu Literatur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, vol. 11. Stuttgart: Hans-Dieter Heinz Akademischer Verlag (1983). 226 pp. DM 18.

Like other Forty-Eighters, feminist writer and teacher Mathilde Franziska Anneke was firmly committed to the anti-slavery position during the Civil War. The title of the present anthology, which it shares with the first selection in the volume, clearly reflects this stand. Both "Ketten" and the second short story "Sclaven-Auction" expose the evils of the sexual exploitation of black female slaves. The central theme of "Uhland in Texas" is the fate of a benign German estate-owning and slave-holding family during the Civil War. All three fictional pieces were originally serialized in German-American newspapers. In placing them together under the present title, editor Maria Wagner realizes the thwarted efforts of the author, who was unable to publish such an anthology in her life­time. The addition of journalistic reporting and drafts of speeches makes the collection more representative of Anneke's work as journalist and feminist lecturer. A historical account of Indian/European encounters on Lake Michigan is followed by two Civil War reports, one about the dramatic death of a Union officer during the occupation of Alexandria, Virginia; the other offering behind-the-scenes detail of the battle of Fort Sumpter. They are intensely patriotic on behalf of the Union, fluidly written and very dramatic. The last two pieces are feminist speeches, one held on the occasion of the opening of a German hall in Milwaukee; the other, made on behalf of Susan B. Anthony, pleads for voting rights for women and shows a good understanding of common law and Anthony's test case. Both are eloquent and passionate appeals for the emancipa­tion of women. Anneke is at her best here. The quality of her journalistic prose and of her rhetoric exceeds that of her fiction. However, like the latter, the fiction in this volume makes for fascinating reading and is of great historical, sociological and feminist interest. This should be on all our shelves; useful for advanced classes too. Contains a good introduction.

— Martha Wallach
U. Wisconsin-Green Bay


BOOK REVIEWS (continued)

Friedrichsmeyer, Sara. The Androgyne in Early German Romanticism. Bern, Frankfurt/Main, New York: Peter Lang, 1983.

In this age of Boy George and Michael Jackson, of female vice-presidents and high-fashion menswear for women (to encompass the trivial and the revolutionary!), an historical study of androgyny is certainly timely. Sara Friedrichsmeyer's The Androgyne in Early German Romanticism provides a survey of the idea from its mythical and religious inception through the early 19th century, but ultimately leaves intact our curiosity about the sociopolitical and social-psychological need for an androgynous ideal in a given society, and the implications of such an ideal for feminists. The book is in need of a methodological introduction. Although Friedrichsmeyer periodically makes reference to the controversial nature of this or that Romantic notion from the contemporary feminist point of view, it is unclear throughout the book where she herself stands on these issues. No contemporary feminist theory, nor any contemporary theory of early Romanticism, is discussed in any detail.

The book's subtitle, "Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis and the Metaphysics of Love," already implies a primarily geistesgeschichtliche orientation. The first two chapters provide a useful, though largely descriptive, overview of the history of the androgynous ideal leading to Novalis and Schlegel. In this section and throughout the book, I would welcome the replacement of "man" by "human" in her discussions. The chapters on Novalis represent an important step toward uncovering the complex significance of women and the "female" in his works. Friedrichsmeyer often manages to crystallize Novalis's complex aesthetics, pointing out his basic tendency toward the positing of polarities in the universe, and the search for their sublation as a synthetic unity. She is justifiably critical of the "suggestion of narcissism" associated with Novalis's preoccupa­tion with individual male development (p. 104). However, she falls into some of the traditional traps of one-dimensional Novalis interpretation. To attribute to Novalis an exclusive identification of women with "non-rational, unthinking, organic nature" (p. 67, see also p. 78) is to ignore his critical stance toward Fichte's Ich/Nichtlch dichotomy and its implications for the philosophy of nature. Similarly, Friedrichsmeyer's assertion that Novalis subscribes to a Geschichts­philosophie based on "predestination" (p. 79) reveals a superficial understanding of his developmental theory. Finally, her statement that "there is curiously little advocacy of erotic love" (p. 78) in Novalis's works is off the mark. Friedrichsmeyer would have done well to dive into the "Klingsohr-Marchen" in order to understand both the central role of eroticism and some of the more active and fascinating female figures in Novalis's novel.

Friedrichsmeyer's discussion of Friedrich Schlegel's subtle development from women's/ human rights advocate to metaphysical Romantic is the strongest part of the book. It represents one of the only studies of the early Greek works from the perspective of their notion of female equality. 1 disagree with her rather arbitrary assumption that Schlegel's embrace of male and female polar opposites as necessary prerequisites for androgynous synthesis represented a concession to the Romantic "convention" of his friends, and a denial of his own "instinct" towardrtan androgyny synonymous with sexual equality" (p. 161). On the whole, though, 1 find her discussion of Schlegel to be well-balanced and more with historical context and critical content than the Novalis richsmeyer's book is a limited but useful contribution to the of Romanticism's historical and contemporary relevance from a feminist perspective.

— Gail M. Newman
Williams College


BOOK REVIEWS (continued)

Treder, Uta. Von der Hexe zur Hysterikerin. Zur Verfestigungsgeschichte des "Ewig Weiblichen." Bonn: Bouvier, 1984. (Abhandlungen zur Kunst-, Musik- und Literaturwissenschaft, Band 345).

Es lohnt sich, sich durch das erste Kapitel mit seiner zu dichten, daher oft unklaren theoretischen Konstruktion zum Problem Geschichtslosigkeit der Frau und Weiblichkeitsbilder in der Fiktion durchzubeissen. Was da angerissen wird, wird durch die Textanalyse konkret und spannend, wenn Uta Treder in ihrer Analyse realistischer Romane der Gründerzeit auf Spurensicherung des Weiblichen geht. Der Prozess der Domestizierung der bürgerlichen Frau wird anhand der weiblichen Protagonistinnen aus Kellers und Fontanes Romanen nochmals nachge­zeichnet. Von Hexen ist dabei weniger die Rede; doch werden die Hexenprozesse im theoretischen Vorspann als Bezugspunkt herangezogen. Sie markieren den ersten Meilenstein auf dem Weg zur Ausbürgerung der Frau aus der Geschichte, und, wie Treder zeigt, feiert die Hexe in der Gestalt der Hysterikerin Aufer­stehung. Die fiktiven Gestalten der Cecile und Effie dokumentieren, wie auf einer neuen Ebene der Sinnlichkeit, Vitalität und potentiellen Eigenständig­keit der Frau der Prozess gemacht wird.

Die ersten Kapitel über die kindliche Hexe Meret, die untergehende Matriarchin Frau Margret, die "femme fragile" Cécile und die "nervöse" Effi lesen sich wie ein Gang durchs Horrorkabinett des Erziehungsprozesses zur abgerichteten Weib­lichkeit, dessen Ziel die völlige Entfremdung der Frau von sich selbst ist. Gleichzeitig entmythisiert Treder auch die "realistische Erzähldistanz" der männlichen Autoren; ihre Sprache trägt Wünsche und Herrschaftsgesten, die ihre Verstrickung in und Teilnahme an dem Domestizierungsprozess der Frau verraten.
Die Ambivalenz des bürgerlichen Frauenbildes zwischen Idealisierung und Dämonisierung enthält aber auch seine dialektische Dimension und somit den Hinweis auf seine Überwindbarkeit. Kontrapunktische bringt Treder hierfür die Analyse der Frauengestalten Adine und Fentischka aus zwei Erzählungen von Lou Andreas­Salome ein—für mich der verblüffendste Teil von Treders Buch. Aus der Perspek­tive der weiblichen Autorin werden Facetten der Domestizierung wie weiblicher Masochismus und die Idealisierung des Mannes durch die Frau zu potentiellen Ansätzen eines Bewusstseinprozesses der Frau über die eigene Unterdrückung. Der Weg zur weiblichen Identität und Emanzipation führt, wie Lou Andreas-Salome an Fentischka demonstriert, über die Redefinition der dem repressiven Weiblich­keitsbild zugrunde liegenden Annahme der weiblichen Natur. Damit nimmt Lou Andreas-Salome die Umformulierung weiblicher Natur vorweg, wie er heute vom organischen Teil der Frauenbewegung wie Juliet Mitchell, Luce Irigaray und anderen vertreten wird.

Leider fehlt eine Bibliographie; ansonsten ist Uta Treders Analyse genau das, was ich mir als Schützenhilfe zum Thema Weiblichkeit in der Literatur für Examens­oder Kursvorbereitungen immer wünsche: eine feministische Literaturkritik kon­kret am Text, voller Ansätze und Anregungen zur Diskussion.

— Sigrid Brauner
U. California, Berkeley

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The editorial office of HYPATIA: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy has moved. Papers or inquiries to Margaret Simons, ed., HYPATIA, Dept. of Philosophical Studies, [redacted] Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 62025.

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AATG Annual Meeting
November 16-18, 1984

Women and Peace

Presiding: Irmgard Hunt (Texas Tech U., Lubbock) and Irmgard C. Taylor (SUNY, Cortland)

Presenters: (1) Edith Waldstein (M.I.T.), "Bertha von Suttner and the European Peace Movement of the Early 20th Century;" (2) Sara Friedrichsmeyer (U. Cinci­nnati), "From Revolutionary to Pacifist: The Diaries of Käthe Kollwitz;" (3) Tineke Ritmeester (Washington U.), "Women and Peace."

Women and German Film

Presiding: Barbara Hyams (U. Tulsa)

Presenters: (1) Bruce Murray (Williams Coll.), "Women in Weimar Cinema;" (2) Hannelore Wilfert (Russell Sage Coll.), "The Image of Women in Feature Films of the Third Reich;" (3) Lynne Tatlock (Washington U.), "Introducing Students to a New Way of Viewing: Three Feminist Films from the New German Cinema;" (4) Angelika Bammer (Vanderbilt U.), "Through a Daughter's Eyes: Helma Sanders­ Brahms' Germany, Pale Mother."

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MLA Annual Convention
December 27-30, 1984
Washington, D.C.

(Re)Making Myth in German Women's Writing
December 28, 7:15-8:30 pm
State, Hilton

Presiding: Angelika Bammer (Vanderbilt U.)

Presenters: (1) Marilyn Sibley Fries (Yale U.), "The Dedalus Myth in Recent GDR Women's Fiction;" (2) Gerlinde M. Geiger (Smith Coll.), "Isis/Orisis in Bach­mann's Franza;" (3) Christiane Krämer (Ohio State U.), "Der Begriff 'Mythos' bei Christa Wolf."


WIG AT MLA (continued)

Appropriating Faust
December 29, 3:30 pm
Hemisphere, Hilton

Presiding: Konstanze Baumer (Syracuse U.) and Gerlinde Geiger (Smith Coll.)

Presenters: (1) Karen Achberger (St. Olaf Coll.), "Mann's Doktor Faustus in Bachmann's Maiina and Morgner's Trobadora Beatriz;" (2) Sheila Johnson (Rice U.), "Faust gerichtet in Morgner's Amanda;" (3) Linda Lindsay (Allegheny Coll.), "The Feminine in Creativity in Goethe's Faust."

Reevaluating Ingeborg Bachmann's Prose December 29, 8:30-9:45 am
Military, Hilton

A Special Session. Presiding: Karen Achberger (St. Olaf Coll.)

Presenters: (1) Peter Nutting (Cornell U.), '"Ein Stück wenig realisiertes Österreich': The Moral Topography of 'Drei Wege zum See;'" (2) Judith Harris (U. Illinois, Urbana), "The Authority of Language in Malina and Franza;" (3) Ritta Jo Horsley (U. Mass., Boston), "Rereading 'Undine geht': Bachmann and Feminist Theory."

Respondent: Sara Lennox (U. Mass., Amherst).

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The fall 1984 issue of the Women's Studies Quarterly will contain the Women in German textbook reviews, an article about feminism and teaching materials by Barbara Wright, and other information about WIG—watch for the issue, and be proud of us!

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WIG Chapter in New York: The New York WIG chapter has continued to meet regularly and the members have initiated several promising-sounding projects, including one on translation. The topics for their first fall meeting (September 19, 18 Uhr) are to continue discussion of Heimat/Mutter, and to begin discussion of Etty Hillesum's "An Interrupted Life." Anyone interested in more information should contact Gesine Worm at the Goethe House Library, 1014 Fifth Avenue, New York 10028.

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Call for contributions: Gudula Lorez sucht bis Ende Dezember für eine neue Anthologie. Thema "Machtgelüste." Anschrift: Lorez, [redacted]

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AHEM! There is still a need for a new editor of the WIG newsletter. Jeanette is not going to do it any more. Please volunteer for this job, or suggest someone (with her permission). The job would probably be best handled at a larger depart­ment, where more than one person could help out and the university could provide facilities and (possibly) a bit of financial support. If you think you might be interested but aren't sure what's all involved, please give me a call (219 482-5431) and I'll be glad to tell you all about it. Call soon—ich halt's nicht viel länger aus. — Jeanette Clausen, MFL, IPFW. (Newsletter address.)


Read and gnash your teeth (who says we've come a long way?). . . .


den 18. Juni 1984

z. Hd. des Comités:
Renate von Bardeleben, Professor, Amerikanistik
Dietrich Briesemeister, Professor, Spanisch
Juan Bruce-Novoa, Fulbright Dozent, Chicano Studien
An der Hochschule 2
6728 Germersheim

Sehr geehrte Kollegen:

Wie wir erfahren haben, wird die Universität Mainz im Juli 1984 eine Konferenz zum Thema Chicano Kultur veranstalten. Wir begrüssen sehr diese Initiative und finden es sehr wichtig, dass die Chicano Kultur in der Bundesrepublik zur Kenntnis genommen wird und dass sie in die wissenschaftliche Diskussion Aufnahme findet.

Sehr bedauern wir jedoch, dass aus USA—mit einer Ausnahme—ausschliesslich männliche Vertreter teilnehmen werden. Uns ist klar, dass sich die Organisatoren nur ungenügend um die Teilnahme von Chicanas bemüht haben. Obwohl die Kriterien der Teilnehmerauswahl uns unbekannt sind, ist uns als Frauen das Resultat sehr bekannt.

Dass es viele qualifizierte Chicana Literaturwissenschaftlerinnen und auch Schriftstellerinnen gibt—bei einer Bevölkerungszahl von etwa 20 Millionen—ist kein Geheimnis. Dass nur eine Chicana an der Mainzer Tagung teilnehmen wird, verdient nicht die Bezeichnung "Zufall." Wir schreiben Ihnen, weil wir wissen, dass die Diskriminierung gegen Frauen oft unbewusst geschieht, und um Ihnen dessen bewusst zu machen.

Als Chicanas und Mitglieder verschiedener Organisationen, einschliesslich von Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social beklagen wir diesen Sachverhalt vor der Öffentlichkeit. Wir werden uns künftig immer dort zu Wort melden, wo die Frauen der Dritten Welt als inexistent behandelt werden.

Mit freundlichem Gruss

(A list of 30 signatures was attached to the letter, which was sent to WIG by Dr. Yolanda Broyles. For more information, contact her at the University of Texas at San Antonio, 78285.)

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In the thick of canning green beans, helping her daughter turn three, typing a couple of promotion cases and working full time at her regular job, Connie Munk typed, cut, pasted and did the miscellaneous other work necessary to transform a messy pile of papers into the neat, orderly newsletter you're holding in your hands on pp. 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 12 by Erin Clausen; the line cartoons are from Emma and other sundry feminist sources.


Women in German Annual Conference
Thompson's Island, Boston, MA
October 18-21, 1984

Complete both sides of form.

Name: ___________
Telephone: (______)__________ 
Address (after Sept. 15): __________________________
# Street Town State Zip

1. Registration

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.

A. Overnight accommodation (Please check your choice):

3 Nights
Employed $150.00
Student/unemployed 70.00

2 Nights
Employed $105.00
Student/unemployed 50.00

1 Night
Employed $60.00
Student/unemployed 35.00

I intend to spend the night(s) of Oct. 18 19 20 (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:

Employed: $20.00/day
Oct. 19____
Oct. 20____
Oct. 21____
Total = ____ x $20 = ____

Student/Unemployed: $15.00/day
Oct. 19____
Oct. 20____
Oct. 21____
Total = ____ x $15 = ____

2. Meals. please check the meals you plan to eat on Thompson's Island:

Lunch ($6.00 each)
Fri. _____
Sat. _____
Sun. _____
Total = _____ x $6 = ____

Dinner ($10.00 each)
Thurs. _____
Fri. _____
Sat. _____
Total = _____ x $10 = ____

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: $ ___                  

PLEASE NOTE: Conference participants must become members of Women in German.


Name : _____

II. Transportation Plans

I will arrive ________  (day, time) by ______ *

I will depart ____ (day, time) by ______ *

*(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, especially since we have two invited guests this year.)

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 part in your registration calculations. (In 1982 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 (e.g. I can bring porta-crib toys): _____________________

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. 18
___ supper

Oct. 19
___ breakfast
___ lunch
___ dinner

Oct. 20
___ breakfast
___ lunch
___ dinner

Oct. 21
___ breakfast
___ lunch

Please make your check out to "Women in German" and send it with this registration form and stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
Margaret Ward

PLEASE NOTE: If you register after September 15, we cannot guarantee you overnight accommodation and must charge you a late registration fee of $15.00.

Conference participants must become members of Women in German.


WIG Agenda, 1984-85

Name ________________
Address _______________

Please fill in any or all of the following items and send this sheet to Barbara Wright by 1 October 1984. Barbara 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.
II. Suggestions for 1985 WIG sessions. Indicate whether you are willing to organize a session on the topic(s) you propose, and at which conference.

A. AATG 1985              
(New York)
1.___________ (Pedagogy)
2. ___________ (Literature)

B. MLA 1985
1. ___________
2. ___________
C. WIG conference (probably in Portland, Oregon in 1985; guest(s) not yet decided).

1. ___________
2. ___________
3. ___________
4. ___________

D. Suggested guests (authors, other artists, or scholars) for future WIG conferences (Please include brief bio and list of major works).
1. ___________
2. ___________

III. WIG projects

A. Amount of time you would be able to work on a WIG project during 1984-85: ___________

B. Project(s) you would most like to work on (indicate what you could do): 
1. Textbook revieweing _______
2. Translation ________
3. WIG Yearbook (editing, refereeing of papers, typing, etc.) _____________
4. Bibliography, book reviews, journal reviews, etc. (be specific). ____________
5. Other: _______________ (use back of page for additional comments)

IV. Herzensergiessungen. What do you like most/least about WIG? ____________

Mail to: Barbara D. Wright, U-137, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06268.



Weisefrau, Uta   34
Feminist University
Utopia, USA

This is Newsletter 34. 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.

Category      New      Renewing

A student, unemployed 
$3.00 for one year
$5.00 for two years

B annual salary $10,000 
to $15,000                     
$7.00 for one year
$12.00 for two years

C annual salary $15,001 
to $20,000                   
$10.00 for one year
$15.00 for two years

D annual salary $20,001 
to $25,000                   
$13.00 for one year
$20.00 for two years

E annual salary $25,001  
and up                         
$16.00 for one year
$25.00 for two years

F supporting individuals,  
$20.00 for one year
$35.00 for two years

G supporting documents   
$25.00 per year

Please fill in address exactly as you wish it to appear on mailing label. No more than four lines! Please type or print clearly.

Name __________

Address ______________

CHECK IF APPLICABLE: change of address___

Women in German Newsletter
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Indiana U.-Purdue U.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805




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