Women And Israeli Literature - Essay

Women And Israeli Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Dror Abend

SOURCE: "Solipsism in Israeli Feminist Poetry: The Great Male Writer, Toni Morrison," in World Literature Today, Vol. 68, No. 3, Summer, 1994, pp. 505-08.

[In the following essay, Abend assesses the influence of American literature and culture on Israeli feminist poetry.]

Individualism, a distinctly Western ideal, is a concept one often associates with personal freedom, privacy, and control over one's life choices. But within the consumeroriented structures of the West, individualism is also a solipsism, as one is often more interested in one's own wishes and sentiments than in the greater issues of society. In the exportation of...

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