Celia Moss

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Standard Name: Moss, Celia
Birth Name: Celia Moss
Married Name: Celia Levetus
Indexed Name: The Misses Moss of the Hebrew Nation
Celia Moss was a short-story writer and poet who began her career as a collaborator with her sister Marion . Her works focus on Jewish culture and spirituality, while querying the early Victorian construction of Jewish women as submissive. She used the popular form of historical romance to mount a critique of anti-semitism (usually safely distanced in place as well as time from contemporary England) and also of gender roles as understood within the contemporary Jewish community. Her characters tend towards the stereotypical and her situations towards the melodramatic, but she writes fast-paced and gripping prose narratives which forcefully deliver her message.

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Dedications Marion Moss
In collaboration with her sister Celia , MM published by subscription The Romance of Jewish History, a three-volume set of short stories and novellas, dedicated to Edward Bulwer (later Bulwer Lytton) .
Zatlin, Linda Gertner. The Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Jewish Novel. Twayne, 1981.
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Galchinsky, Michael. The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer. Wayne State University Press, 1996.
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The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
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Family and Intimate relationships Marion Moss
Her sister Celia Moss (later Levetus) was also a writer. Together they co-authored a collection of poems and after that historical romances.
Intertextuality and Influence Grace Aguilar
Critic Michael Galchinsky reads the story as a response to the more feminist treatment of cross-dressing in the stories of Marion and Celia Moss . GA describes her heroine as having disobeyed the positive command...
Intertextuality and Influence Grace Aguilar
Michael Galchinsky argues that GA abandoned her earlier favourite genre of historical romance in favour of domestic fiction because of the transgressive or utopian tendencies of the romance genre in English. These tendencies had been...
Literary responses Charlotte Montefiore
In an article in the Jewish Chronicle two years afterCM died, Abraham Benisch wrote in praise of nineteenth-century Jewish women writers. He asserted that it is a remarkable phenomenon on the horizon of Anglo-Jewish...
Author summary Marion Moss
Marion Moss , along with her sister Celia , put forward in print a two-sided message. On the one hand they called for greater understanding among Christians of Jewish culture and greater toleration (in the...
Textual Production Marion Moss
MM and her sister Celia , as the Misses Moss of the Hebrew Nation published their first and only poetical collection, Early Efforts.
Galchinsky, Michael. The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer. Wayne State University Press, 1996.
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British Library Catalogue.
Textual Production Marion Moss
In Philadelphia, Isaac Leeser 's The Occident, and American Jewish Advocate printed (along with works by Celia Moss and Grace Aguilar ) The Return of David by MM (under her married name).
Leeser, Isaac, editor. The Occident, and American Jewish Advocate.
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Textual Production Marion Moss
In 1843, MM collaborated again with her sister Celia to publish a second collection of historical romances, Tales of Jewish History. As in the former collection, the individual stories were individually attributed.
Textual Production Grace Aguilar
In April 1846 Leeser 's The Occident, and American Jewish Advocate printed (as well as its review of The Women of Israel, and work by both Celia and Marion Moss ) GA 's poem...

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