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The Feminine in German Culture: A Conference in Honour of Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly at St Hilda’s College, Oxford 5 – 7 September 2013

The Feminine in German Culture
A Conference in Honour of Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly
St Hilda’s College, Oxford
5 – 7 September 2013

Registration: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/german/staff/cw268/FIGCreg

Thursday 5 September
St Hilda’s College The Jacqueline du Pré Auditorium
4.15 pm Arrival and Registration
4.45 pm Welcome
5.15 pm-6.30 pm: Session 1: Gender and Culture
Lyndal Roper (University of Oxford)
‘Vnd wolt nicht gern, das E.f.g. solten mit mir ynn den fedder kampff komen’: Luther,
masculinity and aggression
Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)
Wagner, femininity and deference
7 pm The Queen’s College New Dining Room
Drinks reception sponsored by Women in German Studies
To be followed by a buffet supper

Friday 6 September
St Hilda’s College, Jacqueline du Pré Auditorium
8-9 am Breakfast (St Hilda’s Dining Hall):
9.15-10.30 am: Session 2: The seventeenth century, part I
Gerhild Scholz Williams (Washington University in St. Louis)
Finding her place: women in fiction and fact in the seventeenth-century German novel
(Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690)
Mara Wade (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Women and books: a case study of a copy of Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Frauenzimmer
Gesprächspiele in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
10.30-11.00 am Coffee break (Foyer)
11.00 am-12.45 pm: Session 3: The seventeenth century, part II
Jill Bepler (Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel)
Publishing princesses: women and ‘dynastic’ texts in the seventeenth centuryJudith Aikin (University of Iowa)
Devotional songs as evidence of a women’s friendship in the seventeenth century:
Magdalena Sibylla von Württemberg-Stuttgart and Aemilia Juliana von SchwarzburgRudolstadt
Sara Smart (University of Exeter)
Hohenzollern wives: definitions of dynastic feminine identity 1680-1710
12.45–1.45pm Buffet Lunch (Foyer)
1.45-3.00 pm Session 4: The eighteenth century (and beyond)
Helga Meise (University of Reims)
The Schreibweisen of Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807)
Barbara Becker-Cantarino (Ohio State University)
Birth metaphors
3.00-3.30 pm Tea break (Foyer)
3.30–5.15 pm Session 5: The long nineteenth century
Birgit Mikus (Exeter College, Oxford)
Children of the revolution? The curious absence of the next generation in nineteenth century women’s political literature
Katrin Kohl (University of Oxford), ‘Wahrheit, groß geschrieben’: The poetic role of
moral empowerment in the Realist fiction of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Nicholas Saul (University of Durham)
‘… Das normale Weib gehört der Zukunft.’ Evolutionism and the New Woman in SacherMasoch, Andreas-Salomé, and Frieda von Bülow
6.15 pm German women composers
A musical performance by Joanna Britton
7 pm Drinks(Foyer)
7.30 pm Conference Dinner, Dining Hall, sponsored by German Life and Letters

Saturday 7 September
St Hilda’s College, Jacqueline du Pré Auditorium
8-9 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9.15-11.00 am Session 6: The twentieth century
Charlotte Woodford (Selwyn College, Cambridge)
Dissecting the female body: Gender and aesthetics in Helene Böhlau’s Halbtier! and Ilse
Frapan’s Arbeit

Kathrin Hoffmann-Curtius (Berlin)
Die Jüdin in Werner Tübkes Lebenserinnerungen des Dr. jur. Schulze III (1965)
Sarah Colvin (Warwick)
Prison memoirs by women
11.00-11.30 am Coffee break
11.30-12.45 pm Session 7: The contemporary feminine
Gisela Ecker (University of Paderborn)
Frau Mühlenbeck im Gehäus und ‘Der Hof im Spiegel’:
Zwei Versionen von kitchen stories
Madeleine Brook (University of Oxford)
‘Damit die Seele dieser Frau nicht übersehen werde beim Sammeln des Lebens’: Identity
and re-enactment in Viola Roggenkamp’s Die Frau im Turm (2009)

12.45–1.45 pm: Buffet Lunch (Foyer)
1.45-3.30 pm: Session 8: The bounds of the feminine?
Pierre Béhar (Saarbrücken), ‘From the Kabbala to the glorification of woman: Agrippas
von Nettesheim ‘De nobilitate et præcellentia fœminei sexus’ (1509)
M A Katritzky (Open University)
‘A wonderfull monster borne in Germany’: hairy girls in German book, court and
performance culture (1355-1629)
Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
African Queens: Lohenstein’s Sophonisbe (1680), Flaubert’s Salammbô (1862), and the
myth of Carthage
3.30-4 pm Tea break (Foyer)
Exeter College, The Rector’s Lodgings
4.30-5.30 pm Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly (University of Oxford)
Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800
5.30-6.30 pm Drinks, sponsored by Exeter College
For further information, please contact: Dr Charlotte Woodford, Selwyn College, Cambridge
cw268@cam.ac.uk, or Prof Sarah Colvin, University of Warwick, S.J.Colvin@warwick.ac.uk.
The organisers would like to thank the Modern Humanities Research Association; German Life
and Letters; Women in German Studies; the University of Oxford; St Hilda’s College, Oxford;
Exeter College, Oxford; and Selwyn College, Cambridge for their generous support for this



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