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Glikl och Esther i liv och dikt


  • Inga-Lill Ceplitis

Summary, in Swedish

The aim of my paper is to highlight on two works of woman –writers in yiddish literature, The memoirs of Glikl Hamel (1645-1741) and the lightly disguised auto-biographical novel, Deborah, by Esther Singer-Kreitman (1891-1954).The paper also describes the growth of the writers in strictly religious, Jewish families, Glikl´s in Germany, Esther´s in Poland.
Personal crisis were starting-point for their writing, for Glikl the death of her husband, for Esther an arranged, unsuccessful marriage. Glikl wrote for her children about generations of their family. Yikhes, ancestry, were important to Jews. The memoirs also documented contemporary cultural, social and historical cases. Esther´s marriage brought her to a new life in Antwerp and with the outbreak of the World War I to London.
The content of their literary works was personal but reflected firm structures of Jewish life, such as superiority of men to women, sons to daughters, Hebrew to Yiddish. Esther became involved in this. Above all ashkenazi women, especially intellectual, needed education and cultural and political consciousness.
To my help with the paper there are several interesting sources. Look at the list of references!


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Jewish women in literature
  • Yiddisch literature
  • Ashkenazim
  • Autobiographical fiction
  • Poland


  • Jan Schwarz