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Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness


  • Page extent: 242 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.53 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521880978)

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Maren Linett analyzes the meanings and motifs that Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Dorothy Richardson, and Djuna Barnes associate with Jewishness. By examining the political and literary power of Semitic discourse, Linett fills a significant gap in the account of the cultural and literary forces that shaped modernism.


Introduction: Imagined Jews and the shape of feminist modernism; 1. 'Strip each statement of its money motive': Jews and the ideal of disinterested art in Warner, Rhys, and Woolf; 2. Transformations of supersessionism in Woolf and Richardson; 3. Adding bathrooms, fomenting revolutions: modernity and Jewishness in Woolf and Warner; 4. The race must go on: gender, Jewishness, and racial continuity in Richardson and Barnes; 5. The 'No time region': time, trauma, and Jewishness in Barnes and Rhys; 6. Metatextual Jewishness: shaping feminist modernism; Bibliography.


"This is a well-written, lucid, and imaginatively structured account of how Anglo-American women novelists of the twentieth century deployed figures of Jewishness to achieve their own aesthetic objectives...Maren Tova Linett’s book both fills in gaps and breaks new ground in the unfolding account of Jewishness and modernism."
-Maeera Y. Shreiber, University of Utah, Modern Philology

"While this study does not make happy reading, that is not the fault of its author, who has looked with a clear, analytic, and unjaundiced eye at the works of these major figures of the Modernist movement."
-Andrew Vogel Ettin,Wake Forest University

"...I am confident that Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness will have a significant impact on literary and cultural studies. Its innovative readings of the novels, impressive archival work, and often breathtaking connections are sure to attract a broad academic readership and to contribute to the rapidly expanding field of Jewish literary studies."
-Aviva Briefel,Bowdoin College

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