Lebensbeschreibung der Wittwe des Obrist Florian Engel von Langwies, in Bündten, geborner Egli von Fluntern, bey Zürich

TitleLebensbeschreibung der Wittwe des Obrist Florian Engel von Langwies, in Bündten, geborner Egli von Fluntern, bey Zürich
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1821
AuthorsEngel-Egli, Regula
Number of Pages174
CityZürich
Abstract

Autobiography of Regula Engel (1761–1853), commonly known as the "Swiss Amazon." Engel accompanied her husband, a member of a Swiss regiment serving the French, to battlefields in various countries. She cross-dressed as a male soldier and bore twenty-one children. Her husband's death in 1815 left Engel without any financial means. In 1821, she published her life narrative, Lebensbeschreibung (Life Description), to generate income and secure potential benefactors. As a lower-class, cross-dressing, Zürich woman working in the retinue of a mercenary army, Engel not only challenges the autobiographical genre's underlying presupposition of a male bourgeois subject but also questions early-nineteenth-century notions of femininity and thereby reinserts women into the writing of history.

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Translated TitleLife Description of the Widow of Colonel Florian Engel von Langwies, in Bündten, née Egli von Fluntern, near Zurich
Reprint Edition1914
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