9780810122215

Voices of the Diaspora : Jewish Women Writing in Contemporary Europe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780810122215

  • ISBN10:

    0810122219

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-10-13
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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Summary

Voices of the Diasporaoffers, for the first time, representative works by major Jewish women writers from Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Russia. These stories and essays, written over the last twenty-five years, speak to the challenges confronting the post-Shoah generations of Jews living in Europe: a need to commemorate the lives extinguished in the camps; a desire to repair a ruptured culture; and a determination to reclaim a Jewish identity resistant to assimilation and the threats of anti-Semitism. At the same time, these writers address themes specific to their national contexts. Berlin-born Barbara Honigmann questions the possibility of Jewish life in the country responsible for the "final solution." Maghreb-born Marlegrave;ne Amar and Reina Roffeacute; address the experiences of displacement and emancipation as Sephardic women in Western, post-colonial societies. Clara Sereni describes how Jews in post-Fascist Italy reemerged with a self-assertiveness that troubled a society that had found comfort in amnesia. Ludmila Ulitskaya portrays a Jewish girlhood on the eve of Stalin's death empowered by the religious traditions of Jewish resistance. From the unique perspective of women's literary voices, this volume reveals to English-speaking readers the extraordinary vivacity and diversity of European Jewry, and introduces them to a new generation of women writers.

Author Biography

Thomas Nolden directs the Comparative Literature Program at Wellesley College.

Frances Malino is the Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Wellesley College and chair of the Jewish Studies Program.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Thomas Nolden
Displacement
On the Edge of the World
5(8)
Marlene Amar
Exotic Birds
13(10)
Reina Roffe
Reemergence
Beyond the Bridges
23(10)
Ruth Beckermann
A Yiddish Writer Who Writes in French
33(6)
Myriam Anissimov
Jews
39(18)
Clara Sereni
Defiance
March 1953
57(18)
Ludmila E. Ulitskaya
Holy Fire
75(48)
Carl Friedman
Reinvention
On My Great-Grandfather, My Grandfather, My Father, and Me
123(12)
Barbara Honigmann
Song of the Jewish Princess
135(10)
Michelene Wandor
Acknowledgments 145

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