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18:45 - 20:00 24 April 2014

Jewish Women Writers in Victorian England

Location

Lecture Theatre G22 | Pearson Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Nadia Valman, Senior lecturer, Dept of English, Queen Mary University, London, Nadia Valman’s research focuses on two areas: literature and religion with a particular interest in discourses surrounding Jews; and literature and place.Her first monograph, The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2007) examined the philosemitic novel in Britain. Her work seeks to situate representations of Jews within wider debates about politics, culture and nation. She has also explored the representation of Jews in literature and popular culture in a number of edited books, including (with Bryan Cheyette) The Image of the Jew in European Liberal Culture, 1789-1914 (2004); (with Eitan Bar-Yosef) The ‘Jew’ in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Culture: Between the East End and East Africa (2009)

Nineteenth-century Britain - a world of progress and reform, discovery and innovation, industrialization and social upheaval witnessed intense debate about the position of women in society. This was also the era of the professional woman writer, a time in which women demanded a place alongside men in the world of letters to contribute to cultural discourse, to make their opinions heard, and to tell their own stories. This lecture will trace how Jewish women were part of this zeitgeist.


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Sara Ben-Isaac
+44 (0)207 679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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