Edited By Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich and Malgorzata Pakier
Golem, Cyborg, Other: Jewish Feminism in Responseto Ecological Degradation in a Cyberpunk Novelof Marge Piercy He, She and It. Justyna Sierakowska
Golem, Cyborg, Other: Jewish Feminism in Response to Ecological Degradation in a Cyberpunk Novel of Marge Piercy He, She and It Justyna Sierakowska Marge Piercy, Jewish-American poet and writer (born 1936), identifies herself with the second wave of feminism. She is a remarkably prolific author: her oeuvre comprises seventeen novels, seventeen volumes of poetry, essays, plays, pamphlets, and a memoir. Piercy's works address controversial social and politi- cal issues such as feminism, sex discrimination, racism, civil rights, feminist spirituality, lesbianism, critique of capitalism, and environmental degradation. Despite her radical views, Marge Piercy is becoming an increasingly distin- guished writer in the United States; she is frequently compared to such writers as Alice Walker, Erica Jong, or Margaret Atwood. For many readers, Piercy's writings have been an element of a rite de passage toward an increased aware- ness of the asymmetric encoding of power in the Western culture (Walker 1991). Since the early eighties the author has been fascinated with Kabbalah and is involved in the movement of Jewish Renewal. Moreover, Judaism and Jewish culture create an important thread in Piercy's works; especially popular are her poems inspired by Jewish spirituality. The author developed her love for Judaism from the Orthodox, Yiddish- speaking maternal grandmother, Hannah, who grew up in a Lithuanian shtetl and was daughter of a rabbi. After witnessing her grandmother’s grief over rela- tives murdered by the Nazis, the writer at age ten decided that she would always remain Jewish. The knowledge of the Holocaust has become central...
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