Femininity and authenticity in Ethiopia and Israel: Asfu Beru’s A Different Moon

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This article discusses the work of the female Ethiopian-Israeli author Asfu Beru, whose collection of stories, Yare’ah Aher (A Different Moon) was published in 2002. The small corpus of contemporary Hebrew literature by Ethiopian-Jewish immigrants in Israel usually focuses on the narrative of homecoming and the journey to "Yerussalem," while often viewing the African space retrospectively in utopian terms. By contrast, the stories in Beru’s collection are set in Ethiopia and do not deal with the journey or immigration to Israel. They depict a rigid traditional society that the protagonist, an adolescent female in many of the stories, has to confront. This article analyzes the convoluted relationship between multiculturalism and feminism through Beru’s hyphenated identity as a member of a traditional society, a woman, a Jew, and a Black, but who identifies at times with the hegemonic Israeli-Western perspective and takes a critical stance toward traditional Ethiopian society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-172
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

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RAMBI publications

  • Bero, Asafu
  • Hebrew literature -- Israel -- History and criticism
  • Jewish women -- Ethiopia
  • Jewish women in literature
  • National characteristics, Israeli, in literature


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