Jewish American Women Writers

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Even among scholars of Jewish literature, Jewish American women writers have been largely neglected. Nevertheless, these women have made an enormous contribution to literature and culture. This reference explores the extraordinary achievement of Jewish American women novelists, poets, and playwrights who have written in English. Every effort was made to provide a representative selection of writers, and the final list was determined after consultation with specialists and ...

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Overview

Even among scholars of Jewish literature, Jewish American women writers have been largely neglected. Nevertheless, these women have made an enormous contribution to literature and culture. This reference explores the extraordinary achievement of Jewish American women novelists, poets, and playwrights who have written in English. Every effort was made to provide a representative selection of writers, and the final list was determined after consultation with specialists and scholars.

The volume is composed mainly of entries arranged alphabetically by writer. Many of these women have an indisputable place in the literary canon, while others are relative newcomers to the field. Still others are being rediscovered after years of neglect. The profiles provide a biography, bibliography, and survey of criticism for each author. Each also provides an analysis of the writer's work by a scholar in Jewish American literature, women's studies, or a related field. An introductory essay defines the scope of Jewish American women's literature, while a special chapter is devoted to writers of autobiographies who document the experience of Jewish women in America.

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Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
As the subtitle suggests, this volume focuses on three aspects of each author: her life, her work, and critical analysis of some of those works. Every profile is actually divided into "Biography," "Major Themes," "Survey of Criticism," and "Bibliography," which includes works by and about the writer. The biographical and themes sections show how the author's background is reflected in what she writes. The surveys of criticism are often short. Researchers looking for critical analysis would do better with Gale's "Contemporary Literary Criticism" The more than 50 authors profiled include poets, playwrights, and novelists. About a dozen are deceased, including Edna Ferber and Fannie Hurst, but the majority are still writing today, including Erica Jong and Wendy Wasserstein. In addition to the alphabetically arranged entries, the book includes an overview of the field of writing by Jewish American women. In this introduction, the tenets of Judaism that made writing difficult for these women are pointed out, giving the reader a greater appreciation for their accomplishments. There is also a concluding chapter that examines the many autobiographies written by Jewish American women. This discussion of some of the 200 or so works gives readers insight into the ethnic background from which these authors matured Each author entry is written by a recognized scholar in Jewish American literature or related fields, and contributors are identified at the end of the book. A glossary of unfamiliar ethnic terms is included, as is a general bibliography. The index includes personal names and titles This title would be most appropriate for large public libraries or academic libraries with ethnic or women's studies collections.
Booknews
A reference that explores the achievements of 57 Jewish American women novelists, poets, and playwrights who have written in English. Composed mainly of entries arranged alphabetically by author, the volume provides a biography, bibliography, and survey of criticism for each, along with a critical analysis. Among the best known authors: Andrea Dworkin, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman, Fannie Hurst, Erica Jong, Maxine Kumin, Tillie Olsen, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, Muriel Rukeyser, Susan Sontag, and Gertrude Stein. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313284373
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/12/1994
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN R. SHAPIRO is Professor of English at the State University of New York, College of Technology at Farmingdale.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Mary Antin 15
Ann Birstein 22
E. M. Broner 30
Rosellen Brown 38
Hortense Calisher 46
Kim Chernin 54
Andrea Dworkin 62
Edna Ferber 72
Rebecca Goldstein 80
Allegra Goodman 88
Joanne (Goldenberg) Greenberg 95
Lillian Hellman 101
Bette Howland 111
Fannie Hurst 118
Joyce (Glassman) Johnson 126
Erica Jong 133
Johanna Kaplan 142
Ilona Karmel 146
Shirley Kaufman 158
Irena Klepfisz 165
Edith Konecky 173
Maxine Kumin 181
Emma Lazarus 189
Rhoda Lerman 197
Karen Malpede 209
Emily Mann 218
Daphne Merkin 227
Robin Morgan 232
Leslea Newman 240
Tillie Olsen 248
Alicia Ostriker 258
Cynthia Ozick 265
Grace Paley 278
Linda Pastan 288
Marge Piercy 298
Francine Prose 306
Nessa Rapoport 314
Tova Reich 324
Adrienne Rich 333
Anne Roiphe 342
Norma Rosen 350
Muriel Rukeyser 358
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer 368
Lynne Sharon Schwartz 376
Lore Segal 387
Jo Sinclair 397
Tess Slesinger 407
Susan Sontag 415
Bella Spewack 423
Gertrude Stein 431
Elizabeth Swados 440
Wendy Wasserstein 448
Ruth Whitman 458
Emma Wolf 465
Susan Yankowitz 473
Anzia Yezierska 482
Helen Yglesias 494
Jewish American Women's Autobiography 502
Glossary 519
For Further Reading 521
Index 525
Contributors 551
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