Celina Mashiach

Dr. Celina Mashiach is the former Head of the Department of Literature at the David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem. Mashiach specializes in children's literature and politics. Her book Childhood and Nationalism (2000) explores the constructed image of the Jewish child in Hebrew literature in the Diaspora and pre-state Israel and its role in nation building. No Children Out of Politics (2008) examines politics in children's literature and the politics of children's literature.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Celina Mashiach." (Viewed on February 24, 2024) <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/mashiach-celina>.