The Imagined Hausfrau: National Identity, Domesticity, and Colonialism in Imperial Germany*

  title={The Imagined Hausfrau: National Identity, Domesticity, and Colonialism in Imperial Germany*},
  author={Nancy R. Reagin},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={54 - 86}
  • N. Reagin
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick, the author of the 1908 work Home Life in Germany, was a bourgeois woman of German parentage who married an Englishman around the turn of the century. Accustomed to German styles of housekeeping, she had to adjust to English approaches to household management after her marriage, and she observed English domesticity with wry amusement. When she first heard a discussion of “English housekeeping,” she later wrote, “it was a new idea to me that any women in the world except the… 
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The contrast of self with (imagined) African domestic disorder still reverberates within German popular culture today, as witnessed by the common saying "hier sieht es aus wie bei den Hottentotten
    Comments on the poor personal hygiene of Africans were ubiquitous in travel literature and memoirs
      Unsere Schwestern in Deutsch-Ostafrika
        Und herrschet weise
        • See also Hagemann (n. 9 above)
        Kolonie und Heimat regularly featured proposed Küchenzettel for settler women, which incorporated some local ingredients but maintained the basic patterns and structure of German bourgeois cuisine
        • Kolonie und Heimat
        Erlebnisse einer deutschen Erzieherin in Frankreich
        • Die Deutsche Hausfrauen-Zeitung
        Zum Anteil der Kollektivsymbolik an den Nationalstereotypen
          African Encounters with Domesticity (n. 77 above)