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For girls, in accordance with the modern Austrian dramatist Elfriede Jelinek, writing for the theater is an act of transgression. the concept that drama as a grand public style resists girls writers has turn into confirmed in contemporary scholarship. yet Jelinek herself has received the Büchner Prize, the main prestigious award in German letters, and there's a wealth of dramatic paintings by means of ladies from the twentieth century and earlier than: either proof appear to contradict the inspiration of women's exclusion from drama. So why has drama by way of ladies seem to have been written opposed to the chances, and why has it, till very lately, been lacking from literary histories? This booklet seems to be intimately at women's playwriting in German among 1860 and 1945, and at its reception by way of critics. some of the works thought of have by no means earlier than been analyzed by way of glossy scholarship; others, significantly the performs of Marieluise Fleisser and Else Lasker-Schüler, are renowned, yet are learn the following for the 1st time within the context of past dramatic paintings by means of ladies. Sarah Colvin seeks modes of analyzing that do justice either to the dramatic texts as functionality texts, and to the feel of "otherness" skilled by means of the girl author in a male-dominated literary and theatrical surroundings. She concludes that an figuring out of the concepts constructed through girls playwrights of the 19th and early 20th centuries can increase our examining not just of Fleisser and Lasker, yet of latest dramatists comparable to Jelinek. If the entire world's a level, playwrights can theoretically be noticeable as in command of the realm they bring; this publication asks to what volume girls dramatists be capable to use the gap of the drama to mirror the area that they event. Sarah Colvin is Reader in German on the collage of Edinburgh.

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