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Exile in two novels by contemporary Jewish women writers: Sabina Berman and Chochana Boukhobza.

  • Literature
  • Comparative.
  • Literature
  • Latin American.
  • Literature
  • Romance.
  • Literature
  • African.
  • Women'S Studies.
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science


Exile is a prominent subject in many recent texts by Jewish women writers in several languages. Comparative analysis of the role of exile in two such texts, the Mexican Sabina Berman's La bobe (1990) in Spanish and the Tunisian Chochana Boukhobza's Un ete a Jerusalem (1986) in French, suggests that two novelists from different cultural and linguistic realms share similar concerns with exile, memory, Jewish identity, and gender. Both explore in great anguish geographical exile, Jewishness as exile (literally from ancient Israel, socially in the new homeland or host country, emotionally within the individual, and politically with respect to Israel), and lastly femaleness as a condition of exile, within modern patriarchal societies and within traditional Judaism.

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