Name change coming: The yearbook will become 

Feminist German Studies

(formerly Women In German Yearbook: Feminist and Gender Studies in German Literature and Culture)

Submissions: The Yearbook/ Feminist German Studies is a peer-reviewed journal. We welcome submissions that support our mission of continuing feminist conversations in German Studies.  We accept submissions throughout the year. In general, articles submitted by early January can be included in that year's issue if they only require minor revisions. We do not publish articles in German but quotes originally in German should be included. See the style sheet. 

Current editors: Waltraud Maierhofer (University of Iowa), Alexandra M. Hill (University of Portland)

About: Women in German Yearbook is a refereed publication presenting a wide range of feminist approaches to all aspects of German literature, culture, and language, including pedagogy. It was started in 1985 as a "response to the growing interest in Women's Studies in German literature and culture" (Preface by Marianne and Edith Waldstein in vol. 1: p. v). Reflecting the interdisciplinary perspectives that inform feminist German studies, each issue contains critical inquiries employing gender and other analytical categories to examine the work, history, life, literature, and arts of the German-speaking world.

Published by: University of Nebraska Press

DOI: 10.5250/


Past editors include, among many,  C. Smith-Prei, M. Lamb-Faffelberger, L. Ametsbichler, J. Clausen, S. Friedrichsmeyer, P. Herminghouse, S. Zantop. 


The forthcoming 2017 Women In German Yearbook (volume 33) includes the following articles: 


-- Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge. “Fissures of Empfindsamkeit: Tonal Shifts and Literary Depictions of Femininity in Goethe and Wezel."

-- Judith Lebiez. “Matricide and the Trauma of Birth in Hofmannsthal’s 'Elektra'.”

--Erika Quinn. “At War: Thea von Harbou, Women and the Nation.” 

-- Christin Bohnke. “The Perfect German Woman—Gender and Imperialism in Arnold Fanck’s 'Die Tocher des Samurai' and Itami Mansaku’s 'The New Earth'.” 

-- Kerstin Steitz. “‘No Innocent Victim’? Sexualized Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust as Trope in 'Zeugin aus der Hölle'.”

 -- Christina Eiko Guenther. “Julya Rabinowich’s Transnational Poetics: Staging Border-Crossings in Theater and Fiction."


Addendum to the 2016 Women in German Yearbook (vol. 32). Both author and reviewers of the article by Alexandra Kurmann,  "What Is Malina? Decoding Ingeborg Bachmann's Poetics of Secrecy," pp. 76--94, were not aware of the following publication:

Sandra Boihmane, Malina – Versteck der Sprache: Die Chiffre ‚Malina‘ in Ingeborg Bachmanns Werk und in Zeugnissen von ZeitzeugInnen. Neofelis, 2014. 

It investigates some of the same sources as Kurmann's article. 




Volumes are available on Project Muse and Jstor. When assigning an article as class reading, please have students access it individually via Project Muse -- every click contributes towards the royalties the publisher and WiG receive.


Women In German Newsletter

The WiG Newsletter, published online twice a year, contains information about the organization, plans for conferences, previews of upcoming conferences, news from abroad, personal news about members, conference reports, book reviews and selected items culled from the WiG-L list