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FURSTENBERG / WOMAN IN ISRAELI LITERATURE
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male’s views and actions. They a re the m ea su re o f m an ’s power or
impotence, his ideological rightness or weakness. As we have
seen , fuller, more comp lex portrayals are achieved only through
the depiction o f idiosyncratic figu re s , obsessed women living in
their own fantasy worlds. In Yaakov Shab ta i ’s fine work “ Past
Continuou s” there are hints that Israeli literature is moving
toward grea ter complexity in the portrayal o f women. Perhaps,
the presen t movem ent to verisim iltude o f concrete reality in
Israeli fiction will generate fuller, more composite characteriza­
tion o f women.