Shedding and Literally Dreaming
Sometimes called the feminist equivalent to Mao’s "little red book," Shedding narrates the transformation of a young woman’s consciousness against the background of the rising women’s movement of the early 1970s. Over 300,000 copies have been sold in Germany since 1975.
Shedding and Literally Dreaming, a collection of eight stories written a decade later, portrays women living together in rural settings, independent of men. The autobiographical essay “Euphoria and Cacophony” traces the extraordinary reception and backlash that greeted Shedding and Stefan’s emergence as a writer and a symbol of the German women’s movement.
"The touchstone of the German women's movement and an international literary classic."
"Lovingly, beautifully, Verena Stefan renders the world as a complex, painful, and lovely place: new again, vibrant, filled with possibility—as she walks ' in among the trees as in among the letters.' Reading this work is like coming 'unexpectedly out of winter into the cascade of greening birches'—thrilling."
"In the tradition of writers like Monique Wittig and Adrienne Rich, Verena Stefan's writing is a form of feminist activism, the construction—in language—of an emergent world in which the present bears the seeds of the not yet possible. Stefan seduces us into imaginatively entering such a world; she challenges us to act on the needs that made this seduction possible."