Schwesterstimme: Gender, Emotion and Kinship in the Correspondence of the von Günderrode Sisters

Jordan Lavers

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Abstract

This thesis provides the first critical analysis of the correspondence of the German Romantic author Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806) and her younger sisters. Their correspondence brings to our attention the ways in which sisters were instrumental in maintaining and re-shaping kinship, dynastic identity, power, and alliance systems in the aristocratic context. Through an interdisciplinary methodology that draws from textual, material and historical approaches, this thesis examines how sisters together negotiated familial roles through practices of gendered emotional expressions, and thereby informed the historical transition from horizontal to vertical patterns of kinship at the end of the early modern period.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Van Gent, Jacqueline, Supervisor
  • Tonkin, Kati, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date11 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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