Matrone, Alte Jungfer, Tante : das Bild der alten Frau in der bürgerlichen Welt des 19. Jahrhunderts
The essay examines the image of "the old woman" that predominated among the nineteenth century bourgeoisie. These images of old age contain typifications, behavioral guidelines, and orientations for planning one's life. They express the expectations placed on aging and old women and transmit demands as seen from the view of a female biography. In these images, social dispositions merge with supposed biological facts, observations, assumptions and, in turn, interesting imputations concerning the physical, mental, and emotional being of women and its decline.