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Daughters of Sarah: Anthology of Jewish Women Writing in French

Eva Martin Sartori and Madeleine Cottenet-Hage, editors
Daughters of Sarah: Anthology of Jewish Women Writing in French
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1436-0
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1445-2
2006/271 pages/LC: 2006001292
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"A fascinating, welcome addition to modern Jewish literary studies."—Choice

"[A] splendid collection.... The volume introduces readers to a variety of writers whose reflections on the modern Jewish experience are fresh and engaging, and it stimulates further reflection on the question of gender and Jewish culture."—Paula Hyman, Nashim

 "This book doesn't just fill a niche; it opens up a new perspective on the relations among Jewishness, gender, and modernity in Europe. It will certainly spark new and creative thinking about these subjects by anyone wise or lucky enough to dip into its contents."—Jonathan Boyarin, University of Kansas

"It is always a special treat for a reader to find a book that leaves one wanting more.... Many of the writers are still unknown in this country. What a pity!"—Multicultural Review


National Jewish Book Awards Finalist!

The editors have gathered a treasure trove of excerpts (some translated into English for the first time) from a variety of genres—novels, short stories, letters, plays, poetry, autobiographies—to showcase the work of both well-known and less familiar French Jewish women writers from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The collection includes a biographical note on each author, as well as a concise introduction on the history of the Jews, and Jewish women, in France.


Eva Martin Sartori is professor emerita of libraries at the University of Nebraska. Madeleine Cottenet-Hage is professor emerita of French at the University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Editors' Introduction.
  • The Jewess—E. Foa.
  • A Woman’s Life—P. Franck
  • Letter to Monsieur Eugène de Mirecourt—J. Bloch.
  • Children of Palestine—E. Rhaïs.
  • Fraternité—I. Némirovsky.
  • Beloved—S. Lévy.
  • And Yet, I Was Free—C. Malraux.
  • Those Who Sleep Through the Night—J. Mesnil-Amar.
  • What Is a Jew—S. Weil
  • Israel—S. Weil.
  • The Lost Shore—A. Langfus.
  • Tonight, After the War—V. Forrester.
  • Mister Fugue—L. Atlan.
  • Rue Ordoner, rue Labat—S. Kofman.
  • Dawn of Phallocentrism—H. Cixous.
  • Bare Feet—H. Cixous.
  • Shadows of a Childhood—E. Gille.
  • Yiddishkeit—R. Robin.
  • The Disaster—M. Sarde.
  • La Rivière des Gobelins—A Cohen.
  • Light of My Life—P. Jacques.
  • The Sweet Waters of Europe—B. Peskine.
  • A Summer in Jerusalem—C. Boukhobza.