This German-language website is a collection of lyric poetry by German women writers from the 17th to the early 20th century. It currently makes available over 1,300 poems by 42 female writers, including well-known figures such as Bettina von Armin and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff as well as less well-known poets such as Anna Ritter or Hedwig Caspari. Every writer entry is accompanied by a succinct biography with further links if available. Poems can be searched for by title or first line. There is also a full-text search facility by keyword. All in all, a very pleasant clear-cut online resource, especially good for serendipitous browsing, and probably more aimed at the poetry lover than the specialist who can still benefit from the search facilities.
Bayerische Landesgeschichtliche Zeitschriftenschau, 1995-2001 (Bavarian Regional Historical Journals Exhibition, 1995-2001) is another of the outstanding digitised historical resources linked to the Bavarian Regional Library Online and overseen by the Bavarian State Library. The site is a database of articles published in some 300 Bavarian journals from 1995 to 2001. Article subjects range historically from the early middle ages to the twentieth century. The offering of topics is very broad, embracing all aspects of history, culture, politics, society and religion, with special topics such as women's history and Judaica worthy of highlight. Places, keywords and themes are explained on a separate page. A list is provided of the many journals and their specific issues upon which the database relies. The site has a search engine which allows users to search by author, essay title, journal title, or keyword. This straightforward resource will be invaluable for German Studies researchers focussing on the history, religion, culture, economy and politics of southern Germany, although the articles are not available in full text versions.
Letters of privileged women (16th-18th c.): relationships and frames of reference (Briefe adeliger Frauen (16.-18. Jh.): Beziehungen und Bezugssysteme) is a subsite of the Department of History at the University of Vienna. It is a special research project of the Department, and features an excellent collection of online primary sources which will complement study and teaching of the Early Modern History of Gender in Austria and Central Europe. In some cases, sources are provided in full, in others they are described in short abstracts. Sources posted include: letters; wills; documents related to marriage; inventories; and bibliographies of secondary literature. There are also family trees of five families who are mentioned in the sources, as well as convenient historical maps tracing the women writers' movements or places of residence. One of the most interesting parts of the site is the Bezugssysteme (frames of reference), which provides site visitors with an illustrated 'cultural matrix' describing the castles in which the women lived and their places in the social hierarchy, along with other historical contextual details. The site is further bolstered by a historical timeline and a search engine for finding the primary source texts. The site describes the original aims and scope of the project and lists its sponsors. It is easy to navigate, and rather creative in design.
The Web Site "Germany and Europe: contents" is authored by Raffael Scheck, Professor and Chair of History at Colby College, Maine and author of several books on aspects of Nazi Germany. The site forms a textbook of lecture notes on Germany and Europe 1871-1945. A background to the subject is provided together with a good idea of general debate on the relationship between Germany and Europe. The site is easy to navigate and focuses on subjects including: Germany under Napoleon; Bismarck's empire; fleet building and international issues; Socialists, Jews and women in the pre-war years; the Wiemar Republic; as well as the First World War and the Second World War. The site is of use to undergraduates and interested A/AS Level students who are studying the period. Although addressed to American students, this is a good resource when used in conjunction with a capable teacher. Useful links to relevant sites are embedded in the text.
This online bibliography has been compiled by Stefan Blaschke, a German academic, and covers the history of rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, and the wider topic of general sexual violence. The bibliography is wide-ranging and thorough, listing articles, books, conference papers, and both printed and electronic resources. It began as a by-product of the author's dissertation about rape in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Most of the titles listed are German or English, although a small amount of Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish resources are also listed. The contents can be browsed alphabetically, chronologically, geographically, or topically, and also by resource type. It is also possible to search the site. There are links to research projects and other tools. Please note that to access the main bibliography, you will need to download it as a zipped file. Unfortunately the individual pages are no longer linked, but it is possible to access an archived version of the original bibliography via the Internet Archive. The site would be useful to those studying violence in literature, as well as to students of gender studies, history, and law.
This website makes available indices for all volumes of Inter Finitimos, a journal of Polish-German relations, from 1992 to the present. The journal is mainly in German with a few articles in Polish or English. Articles deal with the combined history and politics of Germany and Poland, as well as topics such as the position of women and Jews in society and national identity. Many focus on the Second World War period. A few of the book reviews in the journals are available to read in PDF format. Guidelines for submissions to the journal are also given. This resource would be a useful source of information for anyone researching German-Polish relations over the last century.
The Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Germany makes available facsimiles of the National Socialist publication for women "NS-Frauen-Warte. Zeitschrift der NS-Frauenschaft" (NS-women's look-out, magazine for NS women). Described as the only official party magazine for women, the illustrated magazine was published every two weeks and dealt with issues such as women's role in the family and social and cultural organisations. In line with Nazi policy, strong emphasis was put upon women as homemakers and mothers. There are around 60 issues available on this site, covering the years 1941 to 1945; they feature poems; articles; drawings; music scores; and photographs. This resource is extremely valuable for historians of National Socialism, in particular those concentrating on women and the family. It provides an interesting look at Nazi propaganda regarding women.
Ruth Linhart is a Fellow of the Institute for East Asian Studies at Vienna University, and her personal website makes available online much of her research on women's history in Japan and Europe. Most of the site is in German, but there is a section of articles published in English. These include articles on: female pearl divers (ama); the poet Takuboku Ishikawa; and the literary critic and feminist Yasuko Imai. The home page menu leads to sections on: Japanologie (Japanology); Zeitgeschichte (contemporary history); Texte und Reportage (articles and reports); Reisen (travels); and Gedichte (poems). At the top of the home page are icons of some of Linhart's books, leading to e-texts (some complete, some extracts). The 'Neu' (new) heading leads to recently published articles. There are also links to other relevant websites and to other sites relating to Linhart's various interests.
Schriftstellerinnen der DDR was a senior German seminar held at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1996. This site showcases the results of an undergraduate course project which focussed on the lives of ten East German female authors: Anna Seghers; Christa Wolf; Irmtraud Morgner; Sarah Kirsch; Maxie Wander; Brigitte Reimann; Helga Schubert; Helga Königsdorf; Monika Maron; and Elke Erb. Not all of these writers have linked sub-pages, but for some the site has posted timeline biographies, prizes won, works by, and related secondary studies of each author. Users should also click on the photographs of the writers, as it brings up individual photo albums, short essays on their lives and careers, and in one case, fascinating film clips. Those with linked subsites are Anna Seghers, Maxie Wander, Christa Wolf, Irmtraud Morgner, and Sarah Kirsch. The site explains that the aim of the course was to ascertain the nature of feminist consciousness in a country where there was no official feminist movement. Material on the site also encapsulates a now lost, albeit recent, period of German history and highlights the literary responses to that world by less- or little-known writers. The course syllabus is also posted. The site lists the names of the students who worked on each author and gives their contact details. Although this is an American site, it is presented entirely in German.
The Sophie Journal: Articles and Resources about Works by German-Speaking Women is an online, juried, scholarly periodical. The journal is hosted by the website of the academic research project of the same name at Brigham Young University. The Sophie Journal posts articles on "art, literature, lives, and experience of early German-speaking women from 1740-1939." Instructions for contributors are provided for site visitors. At present, the journal appears to be a new initiative in the field of German Studies, with articles under review for future posting. However, there are students' papers available, along with a most innovative addition in the form of online dissertations.
The is the website for Women in German Studies (WIGS), an organization founded in 1988 to bring together, faciliate debate amongst and support female Germanists in Great Britain and Ireland. On the site, users are able to view postings to the association's discussion lists (and indeed join the list), as well as find information about the annual WIGS conference and view the programmes of previous conferences. WIGS offers small travel grants to postgraduate students and part-time researchers, details of which are available on the site. General information for postgraduates and part-timers, including other funding opportunities, is also provided.
Details are given of the group's publication on the theme of Autobiography by Women in German, and users may view a full table of contents and order the book from the site. Information on other publications, research projects, Calls for Papers, and conferences is also available. Of use also to departments in particular will be WIGS's register of freelance women Germanists available to undertake teaching, editorial or other academic-related work. Details of how to join the association are available. Some parts of the site are only open to members.
This website makes available the full-text of the Austrian scholarly publication, Zeitschrift für Frauen-Stimmrecht (Journal of women's suffrage), which deals with issues relating to women's role in politics both in Austria and abroad and their fight for the right to vote. The journal dates from 1911 to 1918 and there are over 50 issues available to consult online. Users can view facsimiles or download pages in PDF. Articles cover issues such as marriage, work, education, and war. Users should note that this site forms part of the larger website, Austrian Literature Online. This resource would be of value for those researching gender studies, particularly in relation to Austria, as a source of freely accessible primary material.