Dr Hilary Brown has co-edited a special issue of the journal Oxford German Studies entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Women: German-Speaking Writers, 1780-1900’.

The volume opens up new perspectives on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German women writers by placing their work within a European context. It explores how women participated in intercultural interchange – for example as readers, mediators or translators of foreign literature – and how their work was shaped by cosmopolitanism. It sheds new light both on well-known writers such as Sophie von La Roche and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and on less familiar ones such as Esther Domeier and Juliane Déry.

Cover of Women as Translators and Cultural Mediators edited by Hilary Brown

The volume includes an article by Dr Elystan Griffiths on ‘Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Women’s Education: The European Dimension of Sophie von La Roche’s journal Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter (1783-84)’.