Unknown, Die Winsbeckin (early 13th century)

Die Winsbeckin is a didactic text inspired by an earlier text Der Winsbecke, a dialogue between father and son, and this version gives a dialogue in verse form between mother and daughter. The authorship is unknown, and the gender of the author is unknown (see Albrecht Classen's The Power of a Woman's Voice), but Ann … Continue reading Unknown, Die Winsbeckin (early 13th century)

Johanna Lanczkowski (ed.), Mystische Texte des Mittelalters (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1999).

This edition in modern German translation compiles some of the most important mystical writings of the medieval period, originally written in Latin and in Germanic languages, and including work by significant women writers. The works show the diversity of medieval Christian mysticism, including writers accused of heresy, demonstrate the complexity of medieval authorship and the … Continue reading Johanna Lanczkowski (ed.), Mystische Texte des Mittelalters (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1999).

Mechthild von Magdeburg, Das fließende Licht der Gottheit: Auswahl (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2008).

Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1207-1282) was one of the most important writers and mystics of thirteenth-century Germany. Her work attracted significant attention in her lifetime and since, with Heinrich of Halle collecting her best known works into the seven-volume Das fließende Licht der Gottheit. The original Middle Low German writing has been lost, but numerous … Continue reading Mechthild von Magdeburg, Das fließende Licht der Gottheit: Auswahl (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2008).

Elisabeth von Schönau, Werke (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2006)

First full edition in German of the works of Elisabeth of Schönau (1129-1164), a Benedictine ascetic and visionary, who corresponded with Hildegard of Bingen and whose visions were recorded in Latin. The writings raise important questions about gender and authorship, as many of her visions seem to have been written down by her brother Egbert. … Continue reading Elisabeth von Schönau, Werke (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2006)

Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim, Dulcitius. Abraham (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005)

Hrotsvitha was one of the first women writers in German-speaking Europe whose works survive today. These two dramas deal with a range of Christian and Biblical topics. Dulcitius depicts the martyrdom of the early medieval women saints, Agape, Chione and Irene, and explores ideas of chastity and piety. The easily available Reclam version is a … Continue reading Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim, Dulcitius. Abraham (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005)

Thomae, Jackie. Brüder (Berlin, 2019)

Thomae's novel is great for anyone teaching courses on masculinity, contemporary depictions of the GDR, German depictions of Britain, and Black German identities. Her two protagonists, one in Berlin and one in London, are the brothers of the title. Their stories never intersect, and the narrative twists and turns through a broad range of genres … Continue reading Thomae, Jackie. Brüder (Berlin, 2019)

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Please give a short description of the item: what's useful or interesting about it? Thomae's novel is great for anyone teaching courses on masculinity, contemporary depictions of the GDR, German depictions of Britain, and Black German identities. Her two protagonists, one in Berlin and one in London, are the brothers of the title. Their stories … Continue reading TESTER FOR JOSH Thomae, Jackie. Brüder (Berlin, 2019)

Wenzel, Olivia. 1000 Serpentinen Angst (Frankfurt, 2020)

Wenzel's debut novel has been long-listed for the Deutscher Buchpreis 2020 and offers some fantastic benefits for teaching. Her prose, like her previous theatrical work, experiments with form, perspective and repetition in creating the sense of 'Serpentinen' of the novel's title. The contemporary style and frequent use of spoken register is perfect for  intermediate and … Continue reading Wenzel, Olivia. 1000 Serpentinen Angst (Frankfurt, 2020)