Feminist German Studies (formerly 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. 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. 

Note: Volumes prior to 2018 were published under the title Women in German Yearbook.

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 Feminist German Studies Volume 36.2 (Fall/Winter 2020)

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Editors’ Introduction
Alexandra M. Hill, Hester Baer

Goethe’s Stalker Snails
Barbara N. Nagel

Henriette Kraze’s Heim Neuland (1908) and the Idealized Nonviolent Colonial Community
Imke Brust

Seduced by Poetry, Sickened by Mass Spectacle: Julia Franck’s Gendered Portrait of Weimar Berlin in Die Mittagsfrau (2007)
Jill Suzanne Smith

The Friendship of Our Distant Relations”: Feminism and Animal Families in Marlen Haushofer’s Die Wand (1963)
Anna Richards

Book Reviews

Dimensions of Storytelling in German Literature and Film ed. by Kristy R. Boney and Jennifer Marston William (review)
Melissa Sheedy

Gender, Collaboration, and Authorship in German Culture: Literary Joint Ventures, 1750–1850 ed. by Laura Deiulio and John B. Lyon (review)
Lauren Nossett

Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and Histories ed. by Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly (review)
Andrea Dawn Bryant

Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation ed. by Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart (review)
Elizabeth Mittman

Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory by Christina Gerhardt (review)
Claire E. Scott

Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968 ed. by Christina Gerhardt and Marco Abel (review)
Rob McFarland

Why Women Have Better Sex under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence by Kristen R. Ghodsee (review)
Evelyn Preuss

“Reach Everyone on the Planet . . .”: Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality (review)
Angelica Fenner

German Women’s Life Writing and the Holocaust: Complicity and Gender in the Second World War by Elisabeth Krimmer (review)
Julia K. Gruber

Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership: From Maria Antonia of Saxony to Angela Merkel ed. by Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson (review)
Karin Baumgartner

Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema by Barbara Mennel (review)
Mary Hennessy

Women’s History in the Age of Reformation: Johannes Meyer’s Chronicle of the Dominican Observance by Johannes Meyer (review)
Sharon M. Wailes

The Virginal Mother in German Culture: From Sophie von La Roche and Goethe to Metropolis by Lauren Nossett (review)
Beth Ann Muellner

Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics by Elizabeth Otto (review)
Jill Suzanne Smith

Writing Lives: A Female German Jewish Perspective on the Early Twentieth Century by Corinne Painter (review)
Carola Daffner

The Female in German Modernisms: The Visual Turn by Geetha Ramanathan (review)
Julie Shoults

Eisige Helden: Kälte, Emotionen, und Geschlecht in Literatur und Kunst vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart by Inge Stephan (review)
Elisabeth Krimmer

The Queer Intersectional in Contemporary Germany ed. by Christopher Sweetapple (review)
Tiarra Cooper

Women in German Prize Winners (2019)

Volume 35, 2019

Volume 34, 2018

Volume 33, 2017

Volume 32, 2016

Volume 31, 2015

Volume 30, 2014

Volume 29, 2013

Volume 28, 2012

Volume 27, 2011

Volume 26, 2010

Volume 25, 2009

Volume 24, 2008

Volume 23, 2007

Volume 22, 2006

Volume 21, 2005

Volume 20, 2004

Volume 19, 2003

Volume 18, 2002

Volume 17, 2001

Volume 16, 2000

Volume 15, 2000

Volume 14, 1999

Volume 13, 1997

Volume 12, 1996

Volume 11, 1995

Volume 10, 1995

Volume 9, 1994

Volume 8, 1993

Volume 7, 1991

Volume 6, 1991

Volume 5, 1989

Volume 4, 1988

Volume 3, 1986

Volume 2, 1986

Volume 1, 1985

Women in German Yearbook Editorial Staff



 Alexandra Merley Hill, University of Portland, 2018 – present

 Hester Baer, University of Maryland – College Park, 2019 – present


Past Editors:

  • Carrie Smith, 2015-2017
  • Elizabeth Ametsbichler,  2012-2015
  • Margarete Lamb-Pfaffelberger, 2012-2014
  • Patricia Simpson, 2009-2011
  • Katharina Gerstenberger, 2008-2010
  • Maggie McCarthy, 2006-2008
  • Helga Kraft, 2004-2007
  • Marjorie Gelus, 2003-2005
  • Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, 2002–2004
  • Patricia Herminghouse, 1994–2002
  • Susanne Zantop, 1998–2001
  • Sara Friedrichsmeyer, 1990–1998
  • Helen Cafferty, 1988–1990
  • Jeanette Clausen, 1987–1994
  • Edith Waldstein, 1984–1987
  • Marianne Burkhard, 1984–1988


Editorial Board Members (current):

Kyle Frackman, University of British Columbia, 2018-2020

Lisabeth Hock, Wayne State University, 2020-2022

Michelle James, Brigham Young University, 2018-2020

Sonja Klocke, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018-2020

Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, University of Minnesota, 2004-2012, 2014-2017, 2018-2020

Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, Lafayette College, 2015-2018, 2019-2021

Carrie Smith, University of Alberta, 2018-2020

Waltraud Maierhofer, University of Iowa, 2019-2021

Kerry Wallach, Gettysburg College, 2020-2022

Beverly Weber, University of Colorado, 2019-2021

Editorial Board Members (past):

Barbara Kosta, University of Arizona, 2017-2019; 2013-2016; 2001-2004

Elizabeth Ametsbichler, University of Montana, 2016–2018

Angelica Fenner, University of Toronto, 2016–2018

Rick McCormick, University of Minnesota, 2011-2018

Tanja Nusser, University of Cincinnati, 2010-2018; Universität Bielefeld, 2004-2010
Patricia Simpson, Montana State University 2016-2018; University of Nebraska 2012-2015
Katharina Gerstenberger, University of Utah, 2010-2017; University of Cincinatti, 2004-2007
Maggie McCarthy, Davidson College, 2008-2016
Kristie Foell, Bowling Green State University, 2012-2015
Caroline Schaumann, Emory University, 2009-2015
Patricia Herminghouse, University of Rochester, 2002-2015
Helga Kraft, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007-2015
Monika Shafi, University of Delaware, 2006-2015
Birgit Tautz, Bowdoin College, 2009-2015
Lora Wildenthal, Rice University, 2004-2015
Catriona MacLeod,University of Pennsylvania, 2009–2012
Elizabeth R. Mittman, Michigan State University, 2004-20011
Leslie Morris, University of Minnesota, 2004-2011
Friederike Eigler, Georgetown University, 2004-2010
Marjorie Gelus, California State University, 2006-2009
Dagmar Lorenz, University of Illinois Chicago, 2006-2009
Julia Hell, University of Michigan, 2004-2007
Claudia Breger, Indiana University, 2001-2004; Universitat Paderborn 2001
Attina Grossman, Cooper Union, 2001-2004
Jeanette Clausen, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 1995-2004
Ruth P. Dawson, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2001-2004
Katherine P. Goodman, Brown University, 2001-2004
Georgina Paul, University of Warwick, 2001-2004
Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin, 2001-2004
Sara Friedrichsmeyer, University of Cincinnati, 1999-2004
Katherine R. Goodman, Brown University, 2001-2004
Atina J. Grossmann, Cooper Union, 2001-2004
Ruth Klüger, University of California, Irvine, 2001-2004
Georgina Paul, University of Warwick, 2001-2004
Gisela Brinker-Gabler, SUNY Binghampton, 1992-2003
Helen R. Cafferty, Bowdoin College, 1992-2003
Susan Cocalis, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1992-2003
Nancy Kaiser, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1998-2003
Renate Mohrmann, Universität zu Köln, 1998-2003
Arlene Teraoka, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1995-2002
Ricarda Schmidt, University of Manchester, England, 1992-2000
Leslie A. Adelson, Cornell University, 1992-2000
Angelika Bammer, Emory University, 1992-2000
Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Ohio State University, 1992-2000
Jeannine Blackwell, University of Kentucky, 1992-2003
Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992-2000
Inge Stephan, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, 1995-2000
Susanne Zantop, Dartmouth College, 1995-1998
Gisela Ecker, Universität-Gesamthochschule-Paderborn, 1992-1997
Anna K. Kuhn, University of California Davis, 1992-1997
Elke Frederiksen, University of Maryland, College Park,1992-1994
Edith Waldstein, Wartburg College, 1992-1994