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At odds in the world : essays on Jewish Canadian women writers

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  • Publisher:
    Inanna Publications, 2012
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Author: Panofsky, Ruth

    At Odds in the World: Essays on Jewish Canadian Women Writers brings together a series of essays by Ruth Panofsky that probe the articulation of Jewishness and femaleness through the lens of literature. Showing how female Jewish identity is constructed in Canadian prose works that span the years 1956 to 2004, collectively the essays speak to the writers’ preoccupation with cultural identity and unearth a literary portrait of how it feels to be Jewish, Canadian, and female in a world, both new and old, that often is hostile and unaccommodating. Seven authors are represented here—Miriam Waddington, Adele Wiseman, Helen Weinzweig, Fredelle Bruser Maynard and her daughter Joyce Maynard, Nora Gold, and Lilian Nattel. Each writer seeks to investigate the intersecting complexities of her identity as a Canadian, a Jew, and a woman, as well as to critique prevailing notions of Canada as a country that embraces people of all faiths, of Judaism as open to female participation, and of Jewish women as submissive within marriage.


    1. "This Problem of Identity": Miriam Waddington's Summer at Lonely Beach and Other Stories --
    2. "Ambiguity and Paradox": A Conversation with Helen Weinzweig --
    3. A "Sense of Loss": The Fiction of Helen Weinzweig --
    4. Close to the Bone: Woman's Place in Nora Gold's Marrow and Other Stories --
    5. From Complicity to Subversion: The Female Subject in Adele Wiseman's Novels --
    6. "This Was Her Punishment"; Jew, Whore, Mother in the Fiction of Adele Wiseman and Lilian Nattel --
    7. "The Freedom to Write": The Memoirs of Fredelle Bruser Maynard and Joyce Maynard.

    Original Publisher: [S.l.], Inanna Publications
    Language(s): English