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Jo Sinclair

Ruth Seid wins prize for novel "Wasteland"

January 2, 1946

Ruth Seid, who used the pen name Jo Sinclair, won the prestigious $10,000 Harper Prize for her novel "Wasteland."

Jo Sinclair

Jo Sinclair’s works explore the repercussions of oppression in many forms: self-denial and self-destruction, antisemitism and Jewish self-hatred, continued psychic pain due to childhood suffering and dysfunctional family relations, repression of women’s sexual energy and sexual orientation, racism and the internalization of prejudice, poverty, and other forms of marginalization. Her work looks to self-knowledge as a means of emerging from one’s internalized ghetto.

Lesbianism

For most of its three-thousand-year history, lesbianism has been a subject of little interest in Jewish texts and societies. Only in the late twentieth century have Jewish scholars and communities faced the issue of erotic love between women.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jo Sinclair." (Viewed on October 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/10377>.

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