This article is based in part on my unpublished doctoral dissertation, “Images of Womanhood in the Works of German Female Dramatists: 1892–1918,” The Johns Hopkins University, 1971.
The Invisible Woman: The Case of the Female Playwright in German Literature1
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1972 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 47–57, Spring 1972
How to Cite
Novak, S. S. (1972), The Invisible Woman: The Case of the Female Playwright in German Literature. Journal of Social Issues, 28: 47–57. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1972.tb00017.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
Literary historians maintain that women have never contributed significantly to the German drama. Facts, however, point clearly to the opposite. Indeed, the first known German dramatist (10th century) was a woman! Two major causes for the lack of historic recognition are: (a) prejudice that women are incapable of good dramatic production, (b) underrating of plays because professional critics —traditionally men — have used male psychology as the criterion for judging female characters in plays by women. A revaluation of women's contributions to drama is imperative.