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Amsterdamer Publikationen
zur Sprache und Literatur
Herausgegeben von Norbert Otto Eke und Bodo Plachta

Dimitrova-Moeck, Svoboda: Women Travel Abroad 1924-1932: Maria Leitner, Erika Mann, Marieluise Fleisser, and Elly Beinhorn. Women’s Travel Writing from the Weimar Republic
(Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur, Band 168)
ISBN 978-3-89693-534-2 (03/2009)
283 Seiten, 22 x 15 cm, Kt., EUR 40,00
The book
offers an investigation into travel narratives and the gendered dynamics of journalism and travel in the German-speaking countries during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). The individual contributions of women writers and journalists and their cumulative output reshaped the genre of travel writing by focusing on women’s lives in different parts of the globe. They also altered journalism in terms of readership, ethics, gendered voice, and publishing. Four fascinating travel texts written by women are introduced and analized.  Gender, class, ethnicity, race, work, professionalism, journalism, and cultural places are major themes. What powers moved these women around the globe? Where did these women journalists and writers go? By what means? What have they seen and described in their travel reports? How their texts reflect circulating now and then theories? How were their travels related to the rising nationalism in Germany of the Weimar period? How do they speak to us today? The author Svoboda Dimitrova-Moeck raises these and many other questions in this book.

Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. “Old Profession” for “New” Journalists: The Emergence of Travel Journalism as Women’s Profession
1. From “Female Journalism” to Professional Women Journalists
2. Weimar, Journalism, and Women
3. Journalism and Travel Writing
III. The Solitary Travels of a Journalist: Marie Leitner
1. Leitner’s Geographies of Travel and the Composition of the Book Eine Frau reist durch die Welt
2. The Political and Theoretical Significance of Work
3. Representing Working Women
4. The Hotel as Metaphor and Working Place
5. Races, Racism, and Hybridity
6. Jazz, the Gluttons, and Vincent Lopez
7. Postcolonial History and Neocolonial Presence
8. “Im Lande des Schreckens”: Penal Colonies, Prisons, and Prisoners
9. Wilderness and Culture
10. Of “White Trash”: Class and Race
11. Conclusion
IV. The Travel Companion: Marieluise Fleisser
1. Place Mattered to Marieluise Fleisser
2. Gendering Travel: “Ich reise mit Draws nach Schweden”
3. The Andorra Adventures
4. Fleisser’s Simulated Travels to the Zoo
5. Critique of
Andorranische Abenteuer
6. Fleisser’s Travel Genre: Female Autobiographical Fiction?
7. Conclusion
V. Dual Travel: Erika Mann and Klaus Mann Go Global
1. Erika Mann’s Travels, Journalism, and Politics
2. The Homeland Abroad: American Germans and Germans in America
3. “Incredible” and “Hopeless” Landscapes: Global Cities and Their ‘Others’
4. “Die weiβe Rasse allein wird die Zukunft nicht tragen:” Races and Racism
5. The “Crack” of Authenticity: Questioning the Legacy of Western Civilization
6. Conclusion
VI. The Solo Flights of a Woman Aviator: Elly Beinhorn
1. The “Ruthless Fight” for Gender Equality in Aviation
2. The Female Sublime and the Women Aviators
3. Journalism and Women Aviators
4. Aerial Discourses and Aeronautic Travel Writing
5. The Belated Presence of Women in German Aviation
6. Technology, Power, and Gender
7. As a European Woman Among African Men
8. Discovering the Reciprocity of Otherness
9. Women Aviators under National Socialism
VIII. Conclusion