Scrivere la vita di una donna nel XVII secolo


  • Chava Turniansky Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Parole chiave:

Glikl, Yiddish, Donne ebree, Autobiografia. Shabbetai Zevi


In this paper, I wish to highlight some of the main characteristics of the autobiographic writing by Glikl Hamel (1645-1724), a German Jewess who wrote her memories. She knows she is doing something that no woman has done before in Yiddish literature. She carefully mingles several literary genres, mixing stories with practical suggestions, proverbs, aphorism, parables, and elements of the so called Muser-literatur, books of moral behavior and instructions on how to be an observant Jew. The author was forty-five years old when she began to write, and her maturity is clearly present in the text, where she presents herself as well aware of what she wants to write, why and how. Glikl often relates about historical events. In particular here two examples are given, one about the relation with some Christian merchants, and the second about the impact of the news on Shabbetay Zevi, the false messiah, on her community.



Biografia autore

Chava Turniansky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chava Turniansky, Professor (Emerita), Department of Yiddish at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research and publications deal with Yiddish Literature (from its inception in the 13th century to the beginnings of modern Yiddish literature in the second half of the 19th century) and the culture of Ashkenazic Jewry. Her writing sheds light on many diverse aspects of Ashkenazi life, literature and culture, including education and instruction of males and females, book production, and women readers and writers. Among her publications: Yiddish in Italia, Manuscripts and Printed Books from the 15th to the 17th Century (with Erika Timm and the collaboration of Claudia Rosenzweig); Glikl, Memoires, Edited and Translated from the Yiddish.
Prof. Turniansky has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Mexico (Universidad Iberoamericana), Italy (Università degli Studi di Milano), the United Kingdom (UCL) and the United States. Her outstanding research work has earned her the Sholem-Aleichem Prize, the Itzik Manger Prize and, in 2006, the Bialik Prize in Jewish Studies. In 2007 she was named a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and in 2013 she was awarded the Israel Prize.





Come citare

Turniansky, Chava. 2014. «Scrivere La Vita Di Una Donna Nel XVII Secolo». Altre Modernità, aprile, 1-13.



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