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The Defiant Muse : Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present: a Bilingual Anthology - Shirley Kaufman

The Defiant Muse

Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present: a Bilingual Anthology

By: Shirley Kaufman (Editor), Galit Hasan-Rokem (Editor), Tamar Hess (Editor)

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Published: 1st November 1999
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Each bilingual volume in The Defiant Muse series includes 60 to 80 poems by both well-known and rediscovered poets, selected on the basis of their individual merit and as illustrations of the evolution of feminist thought and feeling. Acirc; Reflecting their own cultural milieus as well as enduring themes, the poets write of love and friendship, revolution and peace, religion, nature, isolation, work, and family. The Dutch, French, German, and Italian volumes represent their respective countries; the Hispanic volume includes poems from the many Spanish-speaking nations; and the Hebrew volume encompasses writing in Hebrew from around the world. The poems are presented in their original languages alongside English translations. Each volume includes an introduction, placing the poetry in historical and aesthetic perspective, and full biographical and bibliographical notes on the poets.

"All of us can be grateful that these feminist poems, collected across centuries, are no longer confined upstairs in the women's gallery."--Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet "This wonderful book opened new poetic worlds to me. . . . More than 100 poems in Hebrew by women have been translated into English, with adjacent Hebrew originals. The choices and translations have been made with learning and love, from the Bible to the present, from ancient Israel and Babylonia to Spain, North Africa, and Russia and from Ottoman and British Palestine to modern Israel. What is perhaps most moving about these poems is the way, through their gathering in one place, they restore a collective voice to the general silence of women within traditional Jewish culture through the millennia. The introduction and the biographical notes are models of great erudition. The translations are distinguished poetry in themselves. . . . Hebrew in this book speaks or sings in English in a way that adds to the riches of English poetry."--J. Hillis Miller, UCI Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine "From Miriam and Deborah, two of the Bible's great heroines, to such contemporary artists as Dahlia Ravikovitch and Leah Aini, women poets writing Hebrew have long been inspired by a defiant muse, as the editors of this superb anthology dramatically demonstrate in selections that document the range, richness, power, and protest embodied in the poems authored by centuries of Jewish women."--Sandra M. Gilbert, professor of English, UC Davis, co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women "Nothing like [this] exists, even in Hebrew. . . . It is a rich sampling of 3000 years of women's voices expressed in Hebrew poetry in ways that are strong, individual, and sometimes quite startling."--Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, UC Berkeley "In the biblical echo chamber which is Hebrew, the voices of women and feminists have remained muffled. Now this abundant and necessary bilingual anthology gives those voices clarity and definition. In striking translations by seasoned poets, The Defiant Muse uncovers, advances, and reconstitutes the Hebraic tradition. It will never be the same again."--Mary Felstiner, professor of history, San Francisco State University

ISBN: 9781558612235
ISBN-10: 1558612238
Series: Defiant Muse
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English , Hebrew
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.75 x 15.8  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.56