Delve Fall 2019: Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers


Delve Fall 2019: Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers


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Tuesdays, September 17 – October 29, 2019 (no meeting on October 8)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions)
Guide: Willa Schneberg

In this seminar, we will discuss the “other” Jewish American writers—not Bellow, Roth, Pinsky or Chabon, but work by Jewish American women writers who have created a different canon. We will discuss work by Susan Sontag, Cynthia Ozick, Adrienne Rich, Marge Piercy and others arguably of their stature. These Jewish women writers are not defined by the Jewish male writers’ gaze. They do not perpetuate stereotypes of the Jewish mother as martyr, or as the controlling Jewish woman. They are writers who may be mothers or child-free, partnered or not, straight or non-heterosexual, observant or secular, of Ashkenazi, Sephardic or Mizrachi backgrounds. We will explore the particular light Jewish women writers shine on the American Jewish experience and why their profound contributions to literature have often been overlooked.

BOOKS: This History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Paper is White by Hilary Zaid

will be provided as PDFs.

For the first assignment please read the works by Susan Sontag provided in a PDF to enrolled participants.




Willa Schneberg is a poet, ceramic sculptor, interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and curator. She is the author of five collections and received the Oregon Book Award for In the Margins of the World. Her poetry and visual art have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and the Tikkun anthology.

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