Abstract

This article on Wanda von Sacher-Masoch's 1906 autobiography Meine Lebensbeichte is informed by turn-of-the-century studies in its focus on constructions of sexuality and gender, as well as by feminist studies of autobiography and issues of female self-representation. With her autobiography, Wanda von Sacher-Masoch created a countertext to her husband Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's masochistic texts, in particular his "Venus in Furs," by introducing female subject positions outside the heterosexual paradigm of the male master text. The misogynist reception of Wanda von Sacher-Masoch's assertion of female authorship and self-representation illustrates the contested position of the female autobiographer around 1900. (KG)

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 81-99
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-13
Open Access
No
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