By Clare Bielby, Anna Richards

ISBN-10: 1571130691

ISBN-13: 9781571130693

ISBN-10: 1571134395

ISBN-13: 9781571134394

In Western tradition, girls are frequently associated with loss of life, possibly simply because they're characteristically built as an unknowable "other." the 1st ladies and dying volumes examine principles approximately dying and the female as represented in German tradition due to the fact that 1500, focusing, respectively, at the illustration of girls as sufferers and killers and the assumption of the lady warrior, and confirming that girls who kill or die violent or premature deaths workout fascination while they pose a chance. The traditions of illustration traced within the first volumes, even though, are principally patriarchal. What occurs whilst it's girls who produce the representations? Do they debunk or reject the dominant discourses of sexual fascination round ladies and dying? Do they substitute them with extra sober or "realistic" representations, with new varieties, modes, and language? Or do girls 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 via a world crew of specialist students. it will likely be of curiosity to students and scholars of German literature and tradition, Women's reports, and movie reports. members: 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 collage, college of London.

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Silentium Animae: Das ist Gedultige/ und in grosser Traurigkeit/ schuldige Befridigung/ eines Christlichen Gemüts und Hertzens [. ] (Oettingen: Schultes, 1628), 20. 32 Beurer, Psalmi LXII. Silentium Animae, 21. 33 Beurer, Psalmi LXII. 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.

The first is a text she created for her own use and never shared with others. In it she lists all the causes of sudden death she can think of. These include several catastrophes or close calls that had befallen her or her child in real life, as a perusal of letters, songs, and prayers from her hand shows. The song begins with a generalization about how suddenly and violently death can materialize when least expected: 1. Es ist gar zu geschwind geschehn um eines Menschen Leben, wenn er vermeynt ganz fest zu stehn, muß er den Geist aufgeben; in einem Huy und Augenblick umpfänget ihn des Todes Strick, und reißt ihn plötzlich nieder.

9 The second strophe offers an explication of her self-fashioning as a dying person: 2. Ich lege Leib und Seel/ o Gott! in deine Hände/ ach! lehre du mich stets gedencken an mein Ende/ auch sterben/ eh ich sterb/ und hören alle Stund: Mensch! du must sterben auch/ es ist der alte Bund. [2. I convey myself both body and soul, oh God! into your hands. Alas! teach me constantly to think about my death, and to die before I die, and to hear at every moment these words: “Human being! ”] Thus the song starts with an admonition to herself to be constantly aware of her own mortality, to experience death well before she dies.

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