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Title: Jewish writing in Wales
Author: Donahaye, J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2004
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Anglo-Jewish scholarship has on the whole overlooked the particularity of the Welsh national context, and Jewish experience in Wales has been largely subsumed under or extrapolated from Anglo-Jewish experience. This thesis seeks partially to rectify such an oversight through an examination of Welsh Jewish writing in both languages that situates the literature in the Welsh context by which it is informed. This literature reveals a cultural interaction that challenges constructions of Anglo-Jewish literary history and enlarges an understanding of minority contributions to Welsh culture and literature. This thesis also assesses Welsh semitic discourse, including Welsh literary responses to the Jews (both notional and historical), the tradition of Welsh identification with the Jews, and the tradition of Welsh political identification with Zionism and the Hebrew language. Claims that have been made about Welsh anti-Semitism and Welsh philosemitism are also analysed, with particular reference to the Tredegar riots. The response by Jews to Welsh semitic discourse and to Welsh culture more generally is analysed through Jewish writing in both English and Welsh, including that of Kate Bosse-Griffiths, Judith Maro, Lily Tobias, Josef Herman, Stevie Krayer, Bernice Rubens, Dannie Abse, Leo Abse and Sonia Birch-Jones. Welsh Jewish writing, in particular the Welsh language work of Kate Bosse-Griffiths and Judith Maro, and the Zionist and nationalist fiction of Lily Tobias, poses a challenge to the Anglo-Jewish literary tradition as it has been constructed. The work of Lily Tobias in particular is examined in terms of its contribution to and situation within the literary traditions of Welsh writing, Welsh writing in English and Anglo-Jewish or British Jewish literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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