Professors Edit Collection of Stories by Jewish Women Writers
November 28, 2005
College’s Thomas Nolden, professor of German and director of
the comparative literature program, and Frances Malino, the Sophia
Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History and chair of
the Jewish Studies Program, have co-edited a new anthology on Jewish
women writers from Europe, Voices of the Diaspora: Jewish Women
Writing in Contemporary Europe (Northwestern University Press, October 2005).
“The roots of this literary anthology go back to a symposium
with European Jewish women writers we organized here at Wellesley
in 1999 and to one in Stockholm in 2002,” said Nolden.
of the Diaspora offers works by major women writers from Austria,
England, France, Germany,
Italy, the Netherlands,
and Russia. Their stories and essays, written over the last 25
years, speak to challenges confronting the post-Shoah generations
of Jews living in Europe. The writers address themes specific to
national contexts. Berlin-born Barbara Honigmann questions the
possibility of Jewish life in the country responsible for the “final
Marlène Amar and Reina Roffé write
about the experiences of displacement and emancipation as Sephardic
women in Western,
postcolonial societies. Clara Sereni describes how Jews in post-Fascist
Italy reemerged with a self-assertiveness that troubled a society
that wanted to forget the past.
book reveals “the extraordinary vivacity and diversity
of European Jewry and introduces these readers to a new generation
of women writers,” Nolden said.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing
an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.