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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.

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Transgression In Jewish Literature, Jyl Lynn Felman Sep 1994

Transgression In Jewish Literature, Jyl Lynn Felman

Judaica Librarianship

Jewish library collection policies as they relate to Jewish gay and lesbian issues are discussed. Questions considered are whether a book about gay Jews or a book written by a Jewish gay author should be included in Judaica collections. The issue is placed within a historical Jewish literary tradition which includes authors such as Grade, Ozick, Miller, Roth and Rukeyser—who write about such transgressive themes as sexuality, assimilation, self-loathing, agnostic rabbis, etc. Through personal examples drawn from her collection of Jewish short stories, Hot Chicken Wings, the author makes a case for including books with Jewish lesbian content. Also ...


Reflections Of A Jewish, Lesbian Author, Lesléa Newman Sep 1994

Reflections Of A Jewish, Lesbian Author, Lesléa Newman

Judaica Librarianship

In this essay, Jewish lesbian author Leslea Newman speaks of the importance of finding one's own identity reflected in works of literature, citing examples of her own work, and recommending the writings of other Jewish lesbian authors of merit.


Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Literature With Jewish Content: A Bibliographic Overview, Jack Nusan Porter Sep 1994

Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Literature With Jewish Content: A Bibliographic Overview, Jack Nusan Porter

Judaica Librarianship

The topic of gay, lesbian, and bisexual literature with Jewish content has been taboo for a very long time. Because of Judaism's deep-rooted commitment to the family, alternative forms of sexual relationships have rarely been mentioned in Jewish literature. Only in the past twenty-five years, with the rise of AIDS, but starting in the radical 1960s with its innovative sexual and cultural critique and revolutionary approach to politics and power arrangements, have we seen the rise of Jewish literature on gay, lesbian, and bisexual lifestyles. Since homosexuality is still asur (forbidden) in Halacha, this is still a controversial topic ...