Women and Death 3: Women's Representations of Death in by Clare Bielby, Anna Richards

By Clare Bielby, Anna Richards

In Western tradition, girls are usually associated with dying, probably simply because they're commonly built as an unknowable "other." the 1st ladies and dying volumes examine principles approximately demise and the female as represented in German tradition in view that 1500, focusing, respectively, at the illustration of girls as sufferers and killers and the assumption of the girl warrior, and confirming that ladies who kill or die violent or premature deaths workout fascination at the same time they pose a hazard. The traditions of illustration traced within the first volumes, even if, are mostly patriarchal. What occurs while it really is girls who produce the representations? Do they debunk or reject the dominant discourses of sexual fascination round ladies and dying? Do they change them with extra sober or "realistic" representations, with new varieties, modes, and language? Or do ladies writers and artists, inescapably sure up in patriarchal culture, reproduce its paradigms? This 3rd quantity within the sequence investigates those questions in ten essays written through a global team of professional students. will probably be of curiosity to students and scholars of German literature and tradition, Women's experiences, and movie reports. individuals: Judith Aikin, Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Jill Bepler, Stephanie poultry, Abigail Dunn, Stephanie Hilger, Elisabeth Krimmer, Aine McMurtry, Simon Richter, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly. Clare Bielby is Lecturer in German on the college of Hull. Anna Richards is Lecturer in German at Birkbeck university, college of London.

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2 It is estimated that 250,000 such funeral books have survived in archives and libraries in Germany and the former German-speaking territories. See Rudolf Lenz, De mortuis nil nisi bene: Leichenpredigten als multidisziplinäre Quelle (Sigmaringen, Germany: Jan Thorbecke, 1990), 21. 3 For a comprehensive study of the topic and an extensive bibliography, see Cornelia Niekus Moore, Patterned Lives: The Lutheran Funeral Biography in Early GERMAN FUNERAL SERMONS OF THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD 27 Modern Germany (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006).

The deathbed scene reported for Anna Maria Besler is a carefully constructed melodramatic tableau full of reported speech. 2. Detail from an engraving in Johann Saubert, Currus Simeonis, Nuremberg 1645. With permission of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. und da es eben schier zum End mit ihr kommen und das Gesicht vergehen wollen/ hebt sie ihre beede Hände betend gehen Himmel/ reicht und reckt sie nach ihrem Erlöser/ hebt an mit heller Stimm zu ruffen/ O Freud O Frewd [sic] und über Freud; Ich sehe den Himmel offen/ O ewige Himmels Frewd/ und als sie hierüber die Händ wider zu ihr zog/ und auf das Hertz truckte/ fragte sie die Mutter abermal/ Wen sie dann also hertzlich zu ihr truckte/ ihren Himmels König.

Silentium Animae, 21–22. ” 35 Sigmund von Birken, Todes-Gedanken und Todten-Andenken: Vorstellend eine Tägliche Sterb-bereitschaft und Zweyer Christl. Matronen Seelige SterbReise (Bayreuth: Johann Gebhard, 1670), appendix, 115. On the composition of the volume see Hermann Stauffer, Sigmund von Birken (1626–1681): Morphologie seines Werks (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007), 2:732–43. On the form of the “Trauerschäferspiel,” see Maria Fürstenwald, “Letztes Ehren-Gedächtnüß und Himmel-klingendes Schäferspiel: Der literarische Freundschafts- und Totenkult im Spiegel des barocken Trauerschäferspiels,” Daphnis 2 (1973): 32–53.

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