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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (October 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027102285X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271022857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,923,644 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

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A new reading of the autobiographical works of four Jewish women victims of the Holocaust. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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