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​L I T E R A T U R E  L E C T U R E
Wednesday, September 17, 6:45 – 8:45 PM
Goethe Institut 812 Seventh St. NW Washington, DC
Organized by the American Goethe Society with cooperation of the Goethe Institut.

18th Century German Orientalism and the Works of Benedikte Naubert (1756-1819)

                Dr. Julie Koser                                                                                                          Benedikte Naubert

Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Julie Koser, Assistant Professor of German, University of Maryland, College Park.

The “Orient,” as both a geographical region and an exotic myth, has long captivated the German cultural imagination, characterized by an intense, sustained fascination with all things Oriental. Dr. Koser’s talk will begin with a brief discussion of German Orientalism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She will then examine the trope of the “enlightened infidel” or “enlightened heathen” as shown in the fairy tales and historical novels of Benedikte Naubert.* 

*Benedikte Naubert, born Christiana Benedicta Hebenstreit (13 September 1756– 12 January 1819), was a German writer who published anonymously more than 50 historical novels, and is considered a pioneer of the genre in the 1780 & 90's. For more than a decade scholars in Germany and North America have been "rediscovering" Germany's women writers. Dr. Koser is writing a chapter for a forthcoming book entitled "Looking East: Visions of the 'Orient' in the Historical Novels of Benedikte Naubert." The German Historical Novel Since the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Daniela Richter. (In Progress)

This AGS Lecture will be of interest to any student of German literature, scholar or layperson wanting to learn more about early German women writers. Plan now to attend, talk with the speaker and meet other people with similar interests. 
Lecture in English.

Followed by refreshments. 

Free of charge but registration is required. RSVP to:, or call 443–542–2263

Links for more information on Dr. Julie Koser, Benedict Naubert and Orientalism  Hundreds of images relating directly or indirectly to Orientalism in 18th and 19th century.  Full text - in German Link to Naubert's story "Die Weiße Frau."  Text can be downloaded and printed. No permission required. Other Naubert works are also available, including one of her full length novels. Contact John Loth 703-242-8840 or email for assistance with downloading and printing any of the thousands of German Literature texts from 

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Portrait of Marie Adelaide de France en robe turque 1753 By JeanEtienne Liotard