Academic journal article Shofar

Women's Studies

Academic journal article Shofar

Women's Studies

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Women's Studies

The Literary Imagination of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women: An Assessment of a Writing Community, by Alyse Fisher Roller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. 198 pp. ISBN 0-7864-0721-2.

The ultra-Orthodox sector of Jewish culture possesses its own body of English prose and is increasingly composed of female voices. This insider's study offers a glimpse of how traditional women in a postmodern world negotiate feminist consciousness. Writers are analyzed in the fields of personal narrative, anthology, Holocaust testimonial, self-help literature, and fiction.

No Room of Their Own: Gender and Nation in Israeli Women's Fiction, by Yael S. Feldman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. 248 pp. ISBN 0-231-11146-0 (c); 0-231-11147-9 (p).

Until recently, Israel had women poets but very few women novelists. Since the 1980s, there have been many women novelists. This book presents a comparative analysis of recent Israeli fiction by women and some of its Western models. Feldman explores the themes of gender and nation in five authors: Amalia Kahana-Carmon, Shulamith Hareven, Netiva Ben Yehuda, Ruth Almog, and Shulamit Lapid.

Passion, Memory, and Identity: Twentieth-Century Latin American Jewish Women Writers, edited by Marjorie Agosín. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999. 264 pp. ISBN 0-8263-2045-7 (c); 0-8263-2049-X (p).

This collection of essays explores the Jewish woman's experience in Latin America. …

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