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

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London 2011

7. Juli 2011, 19.00 Uhr im 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.

Organisiert vom Leo Baeck Institute London, dem Jüdischen Museum, Frankfurt am Main und dem Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem German Historical Institute London.

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