Abstract/Details

From mädel to mutter: National socialist school readers and the ideal woman

Watts, Margaret Ann. 
 University of Alberta (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2004. MQ95662.

Abstract (summary)

Through the examination of a selection of texts found in National Socialist school readers and magazines the following study attempts to illustrate the role of written texts in the socialization of girls in the Third Reich.

This study sets forth the thesis that National Socialist reading materials for children were instrumental in creating a narrow image of the ‘ideal’ woman. Ultraconservative notions of family life and women were prevalent in the Weimar period (Chapter 2), yet they gained tremendous momentum within the Nazis' Volksgemeinschaft (Chapter 3). The analysis of attempts to indoctrinate children through texts (Chapter 4) demonstrates the lengths to which Nazi leaders would go to propagate their Weltanschauung . By limiting texts with female protagonists to those centering around the ‘ideal’ woman (i.e. the mother), the Nazis sought to create a standardized discourse on women and the role they were expected to play in the New Order (Chapter 5).

Indexing (details)


Subject
Germanic literature
Classification
0311: Germanic literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
From mädel to mutter: National socialist school readers and the ideal woman
Author
Watts, Margaret Ann
Number of pages
108
Degree date
2004
School code
0351
Source
MAI 43/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-612-95662-9
Advisor
Henn, Marianne
University/institution
University of Alberta (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ95662
ProQuest document ID
305101288
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305101288/fulltextPDF