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1994

Sociology

Jewish women in literature

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Gender Portrayal In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen G. Cole Sep 1994

Gender Portrayal In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen G. Cole

Judaica Librarianship

Current concerns with equality and equity focus the spotlight on gender, especially in a patriarchal religion and its observances, customs, and literature. When boys and girls read Jewish books they receive an image through word and picture of Jewish girls and women. This image can vary if the subject of the story is religious or cultural, if the time frame is past or present, if the locale is familiar or foreign, or if the plot conflict involves a male or another female. Gender can shift the fulcrum when the world seesaws between unfair and un equal.

Books contain implicit and ...