Monthly Archives: January 2016

New Acquisition: ‘A Woman’s Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother’ by Shulamit S. Magnus


Abstract (source): In 1908, Pauline Wengeroff published the first piece of writing by a woman in the history of Jewish literature to tell the story of a life and a family with historical consciousness and purpose. It is also the first account in this literature to make women, and men, the focus of a gendered inquiry. Shulamit Magnus’s biography of this extraordinary woman lets readers share Wengeroff’s life, her aspirations, and her disappointments, making a significant contribution to women’s history and to our understanding of the emergence and shape of Jewish modernity. (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2016)

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