The Sophie Project
A Digital Library of Works by German-Speaking Women
Sophie Discovers Amerika
The Sophie Project is excited to announce our newest publication, "Sophie Discovers Amerika," edited by Dr. Rob McFarland and Dr. Michelle Stott James.
In a 1798 novel by Sophie von La Roche, a European woman swims across a cold North American lake seeking help from the local indigenous tribe to deliver a baby. In a 2008 San Francisco travel guide, Milena Moser, the self-proclaimed "Patron Saint of Desperate Swiss Housewives," ponders the guilty pleasures of a media-saturated world. Wildly disparate, these two texts reveal the historical arc of a much larger literary constellation: the literature of German-speaking women who interact with the New World.
In this volume, cultural historians from around the world investigate this unique literary bridge between two hemispheres, focusing on New-World texts written by female authors from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Encompassing a broad range of genres including novels, films, travel literature, poetry, erotica, and even photography, the essays include women's experiences across both American continents.
You can read many of the original texts in Sophie Discovers Amerika: The Digital Companion, provided by Alec Down.
Honoring our Scholars!
In addition to recently adding over 1000 new volumes, we have also dedicated several of our collections to scholars in honor of their pioneering work and in appreciation of their generous donations:
The Classen Early (Pre-1750) Collection
The Wildenthal Colonial Literature Collection
The Brinker-Gabler Poetry Collection
The Joeres Biography Collection
The Kord Drama Collection
The Herminghouse Translation Collection
The Christensen Music Library
The Goodman Reference Library
The Blackwell Travel Collection
The Maierhofer Women's Movement Collection
We are working hard to update the library as often as we can. Please contact us if you have anything you'd like to add!
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