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What Do Jews Stand For? Muriel Rukeyser's Ethics of Identity

Shira Wolosky
Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
No. 19, Women and Jewish Poetry / Consulting Editor: Kathryn Hellerstein (Spring 2010), pp. 199-226
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/nas.2010.-.19.199
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/nas.2010.-.19.199
Page Count: 28
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What Do Jews Stand For? Muriel Rukeyser's Ethics of Identity
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Abstract

The Jew has been and remains one of the most potent figures in Western culture. In Muriel Rukeyser's poetry, Jewish figuration joins with other central involvements of hers—feminist, leftist, historical, poetic—in complex relationships that raise vital questions about the constitution of identity and the way the Jew both symbolizes and enacts challenges of difference and continuities of commitment.

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