n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Witticisms on women among Austrian Aphorisms : Österreichische Aphorismen

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



From the late nineteenth through the middle of the twentieth century, the Austrian "Kleinform, " the aphorism, usually a one- or two-sentence proverb-like witticism, flourished. It is not widely known that such major authors as Grillparzer and Ebner-Eschenbach, Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal, Kraus and Canetti, penned collections of such sayings. This study analyzes a selection of Austrian aphorisms on the nature of women. Because of their outdated stereotypical and naively generalizing aspects, their cleverness and humor, and the insights they present, can only be appreciated within the context of their times and through an appreciation of the attributes of the genre.

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