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Maccabaean Lecture 2018
Reading Jewish Literature in Victorian England
Dr Nadia Valman(QMUL)

Chair: Dr Andrea Schatz (King's College London)

17.30 Refreshments
18.00 Lecture
Council Room (K2.29, Strand Campus)

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This lecture explores the beginnings of popular Jewish literature in Victorian England. Jews were all the rage for early Victorian readers, and historical novels by the Anglo-Jewish writer Grace Aguilar became beloved bestsellers. But Aguilar also aimed to boost the pride of Jewish readers and indirectly to shape the contemporary debate about Jewish political rights. As this lecture shows, Aguilar's writing deeply influenced nineteenth-century Jewish popular literature in France and Germany too, where it came to express the contradictions of the Jewish encounter with modernity.

Nadia Valman is Reader in English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author or editor of nine books on Jews and British literature, including The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture (Cambridge University Press), the Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures (Routledge) and The Jew in Edwardian Culture: Between the East End and East Africa (Palgrave).

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