Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness by Maren Tova LinettModernism, Feminism, and Jewishness by Maren Tova Linett

Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness

byMaren Tova Linett

Paperback | February 17, 2011

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Originally published in 2007, Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness explores the aesthetic and political roles performed by Jewish characters in women's fiction between the World Wars. Focusing mainly on British modernism, it argues that female authors enlist a multifaceted vision of Jewishness to help them shape fictions that are thematically daring and formally experimental. Maren Linett analyzes the meanings and motifs that Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Dorothy Richardson, and Djuna Barnes associate with Jewishness. The writers' simultaneous identification with and distancing from Jews produced complex portrayals in which Jews serve at times as models for the authors' art, and at times as foils against which their writing is defined. By examining the political and literary power of Semitic discourse for these key women authors, Linett fills a significant gap in the account of the cultural and literary forces that shaped modernism.
Title:Modernism, Feminism, and JewishnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:February 17, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521184274

ISBN - 13:9780521184274

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Table of Contents

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.

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'[Linett] has looked with a clear, analytic, and unjaundiced eye at the works of these major figures of the Modernist movement. Her analyses cannot be ignored by readers who engage the ethics and values of any of these five feminist authors, the development of feminist thinking between the wars, or literary modernism.' Project Muse