Israeli Mythogynies

ebook Women in Contemporary Hebrew Fiction · SUNY Series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

By Esther Fuchs

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This book is the first to systematically examine the representation of women by mainstream Hebrew authors from the Palmah Generation to the New Wave. Fuchs' unique analytical method exposes the male-centered bias which often inspires the works of such prominent and widely translated authors as S. Yizhar, Moshe Shamir, A. B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz. She exposes both the continuities and the transformations in the literary representations of women and explains them in innovative ways, grounded in aesthetic, social, political, and cultural conditions and ideologies.
The bold and unexpected discoveries offered by this book illuminate the complex ways in which Israel's political predicaments, for example, affect the representation of women, as well as the various ways in which Israeli literature uses female images to express the anxiety and frustration arising from these predicaments. This pioneering study will be invaluable to feminist literary critics, scholars, and teachers and students of modern Hebrew literature.
Esther Fuchs is Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature in the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Arizona, Tuscon.
Israeli Mythogynies