Unmarried Mothers in German Society and German-Language Drama around 1900

Leydecker, Karl (2002) Unmarried Mothers in German Society and German-Language Drama around 1900. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 38:1 . pp. 37-48. ISSN 0015 8518. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article is distinctive in that it situates plays about unmarried mothers in the context of their legal and social position in Wilhelmine Germany. Increased interest in the role of women and the institution of marriage produced a proliferation of relevant texts. These are surveyed and analysed, enabling Leydecker to contrast attitudes to unmarried mothers in different social classes, each with their own economic and moral pressures. Leydecker concludes by examining plays which challenge the view that the unmarried mother is ipso facto a victim, demonstrating that motherhood does not necessarily signal a transition from sexual activity to a desexualized mother figure.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Diane Peretti
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:46
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1166 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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