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ABOUT THE AUTHORS David A. Brenner is Assistant Professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His publications include Marketing Identities: The Invention of Jewish Ethnicity (forthcoming, 1998) and a number of articles that cross traditional disciplinary lines, combining cultural, film, and media studies with German, Jewish, and gender history. His latest project is a book about the reception of Schindler's List throughout the world. Birgit Dahlke is currently participating in a research project on GDR literary history at the Humboldt University in Berlin, sponsored by the German Research Council. Her research interests encompass twentiethcentury literature, particularly the most recent contemporary literary and feminist criticism. She is presently working on a study of how rape is dealt with in literature from the GDR. This article and the interview with Elke Erb are drawn from her 1994 dissertation on women authors in the GDR to be published by Königshausen & Neumann. She has published articles about the inofficial literary scene and about the young generation of GDR women writers, as well as reviews of very recent German literature. Sara Friedrichsmeyer is Professor of German and Head of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati . Her publications include The Androgyne in Early German Romanticism (1983) and the co-edited volume The Enlightenment and Its Legacy (1991). She has published articles on German Romanticism, feminist theory, and various nineteenth- and twentieth-century German writers, among them Caroline Schlegel-Schelling, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, and Christa Wolf. She is working on the representation of "Gypsies" in German literature and coediting a volume titled The Imperialist Imagination. She has been coeditor of the Women in German Yearbook since 1990. Katharina Gerstenberger is Assistant Professor of German and a member of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati, where she also serves as book review editor of the Lessing Yearbook. She received her PhD from Cornell University. She is the recipient of a Women in German Yearbook 13 (1997) 246About the Authors 1996-97 Research Associateship at Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Gerstenberger has published articles in the fields of autobiography studies and Jewish studies; she is currently working on a book entitled Truth to Tell: Women's Autobiographies from the Turn of the Century. Heike Henderson, Assistant Professor of German at Boise State University , received her PhD in German Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California at Davis. This article is part of an ongoing investigation of the politics of multiculturalism and its representations and contestations in literature. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth-century literature, feminist criticism, ethnic studies, and interdisciplinary cultural studies. Patricia Herminghouse is Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor Emerita of German Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research has focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, particularly on the literature of the GDR and the social contexts of women's writing. Editor of the textbook anthology, Frauen im Mittelpunkt (1987), she was also coeditor of Literatur und Literaturtheorie in der DDR (1976) and DDRLiteratur der 70er Jahre (1983). In addition to on-going work on a book with the tentative title History, Literature and the Political Agenda in the GDR, she is currently finishing a volume of short prose works by Ingeborg Bachmann and Christa Wolf for the German Library series and a coedited volume, Gender and Germanness: Cultural Productions ofNation. Barbara Hyams is a research associate at the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry (Brandeis University). She has taught German Studies at M.I.T., Brandeis, Boston University, and the University of Tulsa. In 1991-92 she directed a study abroad program at Humboldt University, Berlin. She is a contributing co-editor of Jews and Gender: Responses to Otto Weininger (1995), and is currently writing a book called The Art and Science of Suffering: Sacher-Masoch, the Jewish Question, and the Woman Question, 1856-1941. Her research on SacherMasoch was partially funded by an NEH/DAAD Summer Seminar (1995) at Cornell University. Jutta Ittner teaches...


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