Feminist German Studies

Feminist German Studies

Edited by Alexandra Stewart and Beverly Weber

ISSN 2578-5206

eISSN 2578-5192

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Feminist German Studies is a refereed publication presenting a wide range of feminist approaches to all aspects of German literature, culture, and language, including pedagogy. Reflecting the interdisciplinary perspectives that inform feminist German studies, each issue contains critical inquiries employing gender and other analytical categories to examine the work, history, life, literature, and arts of the German-speaking world.

FGS is the flagship journal of and owned by the Coalition of Women in German. Members receive subscriptions as a benefit of membership.

Table Of Contents

Volume 37, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2021)



Editors’ Introduction

“Most Marriages Are Unhappy”: From Elsa Asenijeff’s Unschuld (1901) to Today’s Postfeminism 
Eva Hoffmann

Queer Moments and Cruel Optimism in Evelyn Schmidt’s Das Fahrrad (1981) 
Muriel Cormican

Putting the Sovereignty of Motherhood to the Test: Late-Term Abortion in Anne Zohra Berrached’s 24 Wochen (2016) 
Waltraud Maierhofer

Sexualized Violence and Racialized Others: Syrian Refugee Activism and Constructions of Difference Immediately after Cologne 
Emily Frazier-Rath

Book Reviews
Hans Adler and Sonja E. Klocke, editors. Protest und Verweigerung/Protest and Refusal: Neue Tendenzen in der deutschen Literatur seit 1989/New Trends in German Literature since 1989 
Doris McGonagill

Angermuseum Erfurt, Kai Uwe Schierz, Patrick Rössler, Miriam Krautwurst, and Elizabeth Otto, editors. 4 “Bauhausmädels”: Gertrud Arndt, Marianne Brandt, Margarete Heumann, Margaretha Reichardt 
Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

Karin Baumgartner and Monika Shafi, editors. Anxious Journeys: Twenty-First-Century Travel Writing in German 
Daniela Richter

Barbara Hales. Black Magic Woman: Gender and the Occult in Weimar Germany 
Maria Stehle

Elisabeth Krimmer and Lauren Nossett, editors. Writing the Self, Creating Community: German Women Authors and the Literary Sphere, 1750–1850 
Beth Ann Muellner

René Lépine. Judith Butler: Philosophie für Einsteiger 
Tiarra Cooper

Rob McFarland, Georg Spitaler, and Ingo Zechner, editors. Das Rote Wien: Schlüsseltexte der Zweiten Wiener Moderne, 1919–1934 
Viktoria Pötzl

Rick McCormick. Sex, Politics, and Comedy: The Transnational Cinema of Ernst Lubitsch 
Rob McFarland

Barbara N. Nagel. Ambiguous Aggression in German Realism and Beyond: Flirtation, Passive Aggression, Domestic Violence 
Julie Shoults

Caroline Rupprecht. Asian Fusion: New Encounters in the Asian-German Avant-Garde 
Arina Rotaru

Paula Schlier. Petras Aufzeichnungen, oder Konzept einer Jugend nach dem Diktat der Zeit 
Laura McLary

Lauren Selfe. Representations of Muslim Women in German Popular Culture, 1990–2015 
Emily Frazier-Rath

Patricia Anne Simpson. The Play World: Toys, Texts, and the Transatlantic German Childhood 
Jennifer Redmann

Maria Stehle and Beverly Weber. Precarious Intimacies: The Politics of Touch in Contemporary Western European Cinema 
Muriel Cormican

Valerie Weinstein. Antisemitism in Film Comedy in Nazi Germany 
Priscilla Layne

Women in German Prize Winners (2020) 


Submissions & Book Reviews

Read our Statement of Publishing Ethics

Feminist German Studies (formerly Women in German Yearbook: Feminist and Gender Studies in German Literature and Culture, 33 vols., 1985–2017; FGS continues with vol. 34, 2018) is a refereed journal that is supported by the Coalition of Women in German. The editors are interested in feminist, queer, or intersectional approaches to all aspects of German literary, cultural, and language studies, including pedagogy, as well as in topics that involve the study of gender, sexuality, or race in different contexts: for example, work on colonialism and postcolonial theory, performance and performance theory, film and film theory, or on the contemporary cultural and political scene in German-speaking countries.

All submissions are first vetted by both co-editors. At this stage, approximately 15% of manuscripts are rejected as not ready for peer review. In the case that a submission is deemed ready for peer review, the editors select at least two and sometimes three peer reviewers who are asked to provide 1) an evaluation of the anonymized manuscript and 2) substantive feedback to the author about how to improve the manuscript. This feedback is provided to the author anonymously. After revisions have been completed, most manuscripts (90-95%) are sent out for a second round of peer review. Often the same reviewers read the revised manuscript upon resubmission and either approve it for publication or provide further suggestions for revision. Manuscripts typically reach the publishing stage only after 2-3 substantive rounds of revisions and editing.

Contributions to Feminist German Studies are welcome at any time during the year. The deadline in order for the article to be considered for publication in the upcoming suvolume is October 31.

There are no fees associated with submission or publication of an article in Feminist German Studies.

The editors request that the manuscript (including notes and works cited) does not exceed 10,000 words. The manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, and prepared for anonymous review by adhering to the latest MLA Handbook (8th edition) as modified by the journal’s guidelines published on the Women in German website (www.womeningerman.org). While FGS accepts manuscripts for anonymous review in either English or German, binding commitment to publish will be contingent on submission of a final manuscript in English. Please send the manuscript as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word to each editor. Current editors are:

Alexandra M. Stewart
Department of International Languages and Cultures
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
E-mail: hilla@up.edu

For book reviews, contact:

Nicole Grewling
Modern Languages
Washington College
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
E-mail: ngrewling2@washcoll.edu

Copyrights are held by the University of Nebraska Press. Permission to reprint material may be requested here.

Editorial Board

Alexandra Merley Stewart, University of Portland
Beverly Weber, University of Colorado

Editorial Board
Kyle Frackman,University of British Columbia, 2018–2020
Lisabeth Hock, Wayne State University, 2020-2022
Michelle James, Brigham Young University, 2018–2020
Ruth- Ellen Boetcher Joeres, University of Minnesota, 2014–2020
Sonja Klocke, University of Wisconsin– Madison, 2018–2020
Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, Lafayette College, 2015–2021
Carrie Smith, University of Alberta, 2018–2020
Waltraud Maierhofer, University of Iowa, 2019-2021
Kerry Wallach, Gettysburg College, 2020-2022


Changes to Women in German Yearbook
After 33 years as Women in German Yearbook, Volume 34 presented a new name for the journal: Feminist German Studies. The update was made to more accurately reflect the journal's editorial mission as well as to allow for a change in frequency. The journal is now published twice a year.


Sponsoring Society

The Coalition of Women in German provides a democratic forum for all people interested in feminist approaches to German literature and culture or in the intersection of gender with other categories of analysis such as sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity. Through its annual conference, panels at national professional meetings, and through the publication of the Women in German Yearbook, the organization promotes feminist scholarship of outstanding quality. Women in German is committed to making school and college curricula inclusive and seeks to create bridges, cross boundaries, nurture aspiration, and challenge assumptions while exercising critical self-awareness. Women in German is dedicated to eradicating discrimination in the classroom and in the teaching profession at all levels.

Members receive Women in German Yearbook as a benefit of membership.

For membership/subscription information, contact: 

Heike Henderson, membership coordinator
E-mail: wigmembership@gmail.com


Reading List: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

This reading list is full of academic articles for both instructors & students seeking peer-reviewed materials on Rape Culture, Sexual Help, Models of Resistance, and other areas of study.

Reading List: Migration

This list of peer-reviewed materials features articles on many topics spanning Globalization, Genocide, Religion, Diaspora Communities, and other aspects on the topic of Migration.

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