Role of Women in the Life and Thought of the Early Schleiermacher (1768-1806). An Historical Overview

Author: Richardson, Ruth
An historical overview of Schleiermacher's life covering major events, and with an emphasis on the role women played during the course of his life.


". . . an enormous contribution to Schleiermacher studies, as well as to theology and women's studies, by interpreting Schleiermacher squarely in his early nineteenth century context. Hers is the first book-length study of Schleiermacher's views on gender and his relationships with women. . . . Beyond the stated subject of her monograph, Richardson has uncovered some items that will be of much wider interest to all Schleiermacher scholars. . . . This is a fine book that deserves a wide reading, both by Schleiermacher specialists and by scholars interested in gender analysis and the history of the women's movement. It is erudite and original without being burdensome: the writing is graceful and easy to read. . . . an essential text for all library collections in religious studies." - Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1994

Table of Contents

Chapters include: `The Frauenfrage in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany,' `Schleiermacher's Youth, Student Years, and Early Professional Training,' `The Early Berlin Years and the Athenaeum,' `The Soliloquies (1800) and the Confidential Letters on Friedrich Schlegel's `Lucinde' (1800),' `Christmas Eve: A Conversation,' and others. With preface, concluding reflections, selected bibliography, and index.