‘LECTURES’

Dr Nadia Valman: The Virtuous Jewess. Gender and Semitic Discourse in 19th Century England

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London 2011

7 July 2011, 7pm at the German Historical Institute

From the medieval ballad of the Jew’s daughter who seduces a young Christian boy in order to murder him, to Shakespeare’s uncertain apostate Jessica, the Jewess held a marginal place in English literary history. In the nineteenth century, however, she became a literary preoccupation. In this lecture, Nadia Valman traces the story of the Jewess, from its birth in Romantic and Evangelical writing through myriad rewritings in both popular and high literature. The literary Jewess – invariably beautiful, virtuous and tragic – dramatically reveals the dynamic and ambiguous responses to Jews in England in this period.

Dr Nadia Valman is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, the author of The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture (Cambridge University Press) and the co-editor of five books on Jews and British literature.

Organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

The lecture is held at the German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and will begin at 7.00pm.

Admission is free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute (t: +44 (0)20 7882 5690 or email ).

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