Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht

Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht
Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht

Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht (* 28. November 1718 in Stockholm; † 29. June 1763 in Lugnet with Stockholm) ranks among the most important Swedish writers of its time.

Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht was born as a daughter of an again-ennobled civil servant. Since the girl education of this time was limited to housework, it began comprehensive self studies in theology and philosophy. 1741 married it the priest Jacob Fabricius. The lucky marriage took however only a half year, since Fabricius died. The mourning of the young widow found her expression in the poem collection the sörgande Turtur Dufwan (those mourning Turteltaube) to 1743, with which it had first large success.

Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht pulled to Stockholm and predominantly dedicated themselves in the consequence to the literature, which became for her the basis of her living costs. Between 1744 and 1750 developed a set of opportunity poems, training poems, political poems and historical Epen, which are summarized in the collection Qwinligit tankespel (female thought play). 1752 were issued it of Reichstag a gene rose life annuity, which secured its further literary work, and it became the largest Konkurrentin Olof Dalins, whose position took over it as prominent poets of this time with the time.

Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht expressed itself gladly in political and philosophical questions. Not least applied also for the position of the woman. In several works, v.a. Fruentimbers Plikt corrode upöfwa deras (the obligation of the woman to use the understanding) 1744 and Fruentimrets försvar (defense of the Mrs.) 1761, attacked it the suppression of the women by the patriarchalische society. That the woman was subject to the man that it belongs „to the weak sex “, only the discharge is one „weak, male brain “. Men treated women either as God inside or as a worm, but however they her treated, would watch them that the Mrs. von Bildung and qualified work were excluded. Nordenflycht meant to reach that it was a right and an obligation for women to read and form, in order thereby independence.

On the high point of its career it met a substantially younger man, Johan Fischer-flows, with which it fell in love. Dear history ended unfortunately and in its poem Över EN hyacint (over a hyacinth) to 1762 described it resigns the impossible love. One year later died it.


  • 1743 the sörgande Turtur Dufwan
  • 1744 Fruentimbers Plikt corrode upöfwa deras
  • 1750 Qwinligit tankespel
  • 1761 Fruentimrets försvar
  • 1762 Över EN hyacint


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