• The Foundational Antinativism of Mizrahi Literature

    Theoretically or empirically, is it possible that a man could have written the first modern feminist story? Is it similarly possible that an Ashkenazi woman could have written the first protofeminist literary Mizrahi text? Answering in the affirmative, this essay unveils the antinativist Ottoman foundation for what contemporary scholars of Hebrew literature call “Mizrahi literature.” It does so by translating, for the first time into English, parts of a 3,700 word Hebrew story titled “Flora Saporto,” which was published in February 1914 in the periodical Haherut (1909–1917). The text was published under the pseudonym Bat Zvi, but it was written by suffragist and doyen of early modern Hebrew literature Nehama Puhachevsky (1869–1934). Bizarrely, however, during the century since its publication, this foundational story has been neither discussed nor analyzed by any scholar of Hebrew literature.

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  • Flora Saporto as a Window into Changes in the Lives of Sephardi Women in Palestine at the End of the Ottoman Era

    Theoretically or empirically, is it possible that a man could have written the first modern feminist story? Is it similarly possible that an Ashkenazi woman could have written the first protofeminist literary Mizrahi text? Answering in the affirmative, this essay unveils the antinativist Ottoman foundation for what contemporary scholars of Hebrew literature call “Mizrahi literature.” It does so by translating, for the first time into English, parts of a 3,700 word Hebrew story titled “Flora Saporto,” which was published in February 1914 in the periodical Haherut (1909–1917). The text was published under the pseudonym Bat Zvi, but it was written by suffragist and doyen of early modern Hebrew literature Nehama Puhachevsky (1869–1934). Bizarrely, however, during the century since its publication, this foundational story has been neither discussed nor analyzed by any scholar of Hebrew literature.

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  • Harbingers of Feminism: A New Look at the Works of Pioneering Palestinian Women Writers

    This article brings to light the harbingers of the tradition of Palestinian women’s writing in a gendered reading of the works of two leading, post-1948 women writers, Samira ʿAzzam and Najwa Qaʿwar-Farah. The article examines why literary critics ignored the feminine dimension of these writers’ works, and saw them as imitating and adapting existing patterns and conventions of writing. The article shows, how both thematically and stylistically, these early writers highlighted their feminine presence and that of their heroines; to what extent they succeeded in imbuing their writing with feminist messages; and how they enabled later women writers by laying the foundations of a tradition of women’s literature.

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