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The Guises of Modesty: Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbachs Female Artists Ferrel Rose

The Guises of Modesty: Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbachs Female Artists

Ferrel Rose

Published July 10th 1994
ISBN : 9781879751699
Hardcover
213 pages
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One hundred years ago Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) enjoyed within German-speaking countries the stature of a George Eliot, and her style and thematic interests resembled those of her English contemporary. Today, however, her fame has faded,MoreOne hundred years ago Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) enjoyed within German-speaking countries the stature of a George Eliot, and her style and thematic interests resembled those of her English contemporary. Today, however, her fame has faded, and she is mainly known only to specialists, partly because her canon has shrunk to a few prose works which are more reconciliatory than critical, falsely suggesting her to be a passive, conventional writer: her happy endings have diverted her readers from the critical messages beneath the surface. By close analysis of a variety of works spanning the whole of her career, The Guises of Modesty calls attention to the authors beginnings in the genres of drama and satire and shows her to be considerably more complex and abrasive than most literary scholars have assumed- Professor Rose argues that only by censoring or disguising the female artist, a prominent figure in her satirical writings, was Ebner able to conceal her unwomanly aspirations to become a recognized author. She explores Ebners frequently ambivalent attitudes towards other writers whose work influenced her own, including Schiller, her preoccupation with cultural harbingers of modernity, such as Nietzsche and Ibsen, and parallels with other prominent literary women, such as George Eliot and Louise von Francois. The Guises of Modesty is the first feminist study of Ebners artist novellas- it will be invaluable to students and scholars working in the areas of Womens Studies, European Realism, and fin-de-siecle Vienna. PROFESSOR ROSE teaches at Grinnell College.