Her Glory All Within: Rejecting and Transforming Orthodoxy in Israeli and American Jewish Women's Fiction

Her Glory All Within: Rejecting and Transforming Orthodoxy in Israeli and American Jewish Women's Fiction

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Barbara Landress

Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism
ISBN: 9781618111715 (hardcover)
Pages: 215 pp.
Publication Date: December 2012

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Representation of the religious sector is a new phenomenon in modern Israeli literature, emerging from a diversification of Israeli culture that began in the 1970’s. In this volume Landress explores the intricacies of fiction stories about Orthodox women in contemporary contexts, offering subtle interpretations of the conflicts in Orthodox women's lives as they weave their way through daughterhood, motherhood, politics, and personal dilemmas, negotiating between tradition and modernity. This body of Israeli women’s writing is considered in comparative perspective with contemporary American Jewish women’s writing that engages Orthodoxy, and draws on sociology, anthropology, and feminist theory. 


Barbara Landress (JD Harvard University, PhD New York University) is the director of graduate affairs at the New York University School of Law.


Landress’ pioneering work establishes the roadmap, and provides the key, for women’s literary treatments of orthodoxy in the two largest centers of contemporary Jewish life. This is a must-read, not only for those interested in the fraught relationship between feminism and orthodoxy, but also for those curious about the tensions between national, religious, and gender identities in America and Israel, and the provocative parallels between the two. An elegant and sensitively-drawn dialogue between Israeli Jewish and American Jewish literature, Her Glory All Within is a vital contribution to the study of comparative Jewish literatures.
— Jill Aizenstein, Ph.D., author of Engaging America: Immigrant Jews in American Hebrew literature