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2022 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: Women and the Making of Jewish Modernity

May 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

What role did women play in the making of Jewish modernity? Standard accounts of modern history and literary culture, describe the process of Jews becoming modern, as a story of how Jews became men.  As a result we know too little about women writers, artists, and intellectuals who participated in the transformations of Jewish culture in the twentieth century.

These women revolutionized the very terms of Jewish fiction at a pivotal moment in Jewish history, transcending the boundaries of Jewish minority identities. This talk tells their story and in so doing calls for a new ways of thinking about Jewish cultural modernity.

Allison Schachter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, English, and Russian and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she chairs the Jewish Studies Department. She is the author of “Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century” (Oxford 2013) and “Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939” (Northwestern 2021). She is also a translator from Yiddish. “From the Jewish Provinces: The Selected Stories of Fradl Shtok” which she translated with Jordan Finkin, is just out from Northwestern University Press.

This event will be presented live at the Yiddish Book Center and streamed live, reservations for the free live event and registration for the free virtual streaming required.



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