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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732182

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.001.0001

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Women in Jewish American Literature

Women in Jewish American Literature

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Women and Judaism

Sara R. Horowitz

NYU Press

The past quarter-century has seen a sea change in the way we view Jewish American literature—that is, the texts that we read and the ways in which we read them. This chapter examines two aspects of this change: new developments in the way we approach Jewish American women's writing and new trends in the growing body of Jewish American literature by women. It discusses how Jewish feminist literary scholars traversed the terrain marked by three minefields: patriarchy, feminism, and religion. It explains the so-called “new wave” of Jewish American writing published at the turn of the century. This form of writing tends to be less polemical and more nuanced than the writing of the 1980s, which first introduced issues of Jewish feminism into a literature that had not encompassed them before.

Keywords:   Jewish American women, Jewish American literature, women writers, gender, patriarchy, Jewish feminism, religion

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