As its title implies, Tamar Merin's 2016 Spoiling the Stories: The Rise of Israeli Women's Fiction purports to interweave two stories. The one pointed out by the clause after the colon is easier to phrase: the volume seeks to relate the rise of Hebrew women's fiction. With only a handful of writers to boast for much of the twentieth century, marginalized and belittled by literary critics and scholars, Israeli Hebrew women's fiction came into its own toward the end of the 1980s, gaining quick recognition as among the most prominent literary phenomena of contemporary Hebrew literature. Merin seeks not so much to trace the contours of the emergence of Hebrew women's fiction at that time as to reclaim the import of its forerunners in the 1950s through the 1970s, of those writers who inspired and set the stage for its belated arrival. Identifying three such writers—Yehudit Hendel, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, and...

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