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Writing As Resistance: Four Women Confronting the Holocaust : Edith Stein, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt) (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027101623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271016238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very challenging and rewarding piece of work. The reader comes away with a knowledge of the four women under review deeper than the one that a straightforward biography would give. --Jewish Affairs

Brenner writes a compelling book that is both informative and engaging. . . . Writing as Resistance is exactly what good work in the humanities should be: accessible yet challenging. --Maurice Hamington, National Catholic Reporter --Maurice Hamington, National Catholic Reporter

This is a book of great poignancy. Brenner catches the feminist, humanistic, and cultural milieu of the time and places it in the context of the Holocaust. She accomplishes this with such creativity that we are able to see the lives of her subjects with rare historical vividness. --Michael Phayer, Marquette University --Michael Phayer, Marquette University

Brenner writes a compelling book that is both informative and engaging. . . . Writing as Resistance is exactly what good work in the humanities should be: accessible yet challenging. --Maurice Hamington, National Catholic Reporter --Maurice Hamington, National Catholic Reporter

This is a book of great poignancy. Brenner catches the feminist, humanistic, and cultural milieu of the time and places it in the context of the Holocaust. She accomplishes this with such creativity that we are able to see the lives of her subjects with rare historical vividness. --Michael Phayer, Marquette University --Michael Phayer, Marquette University

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A new reading of the autobiographical works of four Jewish women victims of the Holocaust.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Aresi on February 2, 2013
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I bought this book because I am very interested in Etty Hillesum and know a little bit of Simone Weil, and a friend recommended Brenner's work. This book was helpful to me. First of all because, being my knowledge of the other two writers she examines (Edith Stein and Anne Frank) quite superficial, it provided a frame in which to locate them. I found Brenner's discussion on Weil particularly informative, as it helped me piece together elements I'd found in her writing which I considered puzzling, to say the least. Thank to this book, I gained a deeper appreciation of the complexity of Weil's thought, including the more problematic aspects of it. There is also a section on womanhood which I enjoyed, where Brenner compares the four women's views on being a woman and on issues regarding women. Brenner's writing flows smoothly and transparently, accompanying the reader through the thoughts and lives of these four thinkers and providing an interpretation through the lens of "writing as resistance" which is at the same time clearly formulated but never imposing.
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