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.
“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.*
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)
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.
Links for more information on Dr. Julie Koser, Benedict Naubert and Orientalism
http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/3233/1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with downloading and printing any of the thousands of German Literature texts from Gutenberg.spiegel.de
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