Lily Rattok

Lily Rattok received her B.A. in philosophy and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University. She is a senior lecturer in the literature department at Tel Aviv University. Her publications include The Hebrew Lyrical Story: Essays; Amaliah Kahana-Carmon: Monograph; A Precarious House: The Narrative Art of A. Appelfeld and Angel of Fire: The Poetry of Yona Wallach. Rattok edited Uri Nisan Genesin: Criticism of His Work; The Other Voice: Women’s Fiction in Hebrew and, with Carol Diament, Ribcage: Israeli Women’s Fiction.

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Israeli Women's Writing in Hebrew: 1948-2004

The achievements of women’s writing in Hebrew rank among the unquestionable triumphs of Israeli feminism. From a (culturally speaking) atypical starting point of almost total exclusion from Hebrew language and literature, Israeli women writers have been able to ascend to a prominent position in the Hebrew literature of the last two decades. In the space of less than fifty years, Israeli literature has undergone a profound process of change, in which women played an important role. The talent of the women writers, coupled with the encouragement of women readers and academics, have helped women’s writing to progress from marginalization to its rightful status. This change, which did not come about easily, was part of the struggle for equality of the sexes in every aspect of Israeli society. Before reviewing the accomplishments and analyzing the processes that produced the change, this article will focus briefly on the obstacles that confronted women authors writing in Hebrew.

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