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Professor of German
University of St Andrews
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Women in German Studies (WIGS)
Helen ChambersUniversity of St Andrews Literature 1830-1939 (esp. T. Fontane, J. Roth)
Humor and Irony 19C German Women's L, 9781571133045, £45.00/$75.00, 2007
Nineteenth-century German literature is seldom seen as rich in humor and irony, and women's writing from that period is perhaps even less likely to be seen as possessing those qualities.
Yet since comedy is bound to societal norms, and humor and irony are recognized weapons of the weak against authority, what this innovative study reveals should not be surprising: women writers found much to laugh at in a bourgeois age when social constraints, particularly on women, were tight.
Helen Chambers analyzes prose fiction by leading female writers of the day who prominently employ humor and irony.
Arguing that humor and irony involve cognitive and rational processes,
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