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Spring 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Jonathan Freedman (English, University of Michigan)
Salome book cover
Transformations of a Jewish Princess: Salomé and the Remaking of the Jewish Female Body
7:30 pm Congregation Sinai
8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point

Part of the Art & Conflict: Ashkenaz and Beyond series of lectures, art exhibits, performances, and film and television screenings

Cosponored with the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé was written about a Jewish woman, and for the Jewish actress Sarah Bernhardt, though the play was banned before she could appear in it. A number of Jewish women later took on the role in theatre or dance, including silent film star Alla Nazimova, Yiddish actress Bessie Thomashefsky, and comedienne Fanny Brice. Jonathan Freedman uses these representations in order to examine the emergence of a new type of Jewish female beauty, in the context of the modern world these Jews were entering by means of their spectacular public performances.

Also of interest:
Jonathan Freedman
The Figural Jew and the Undecidability of Art: From Sartre to Proust to the Coen Brothers and Back Again
Friday, March 7
3:00 pm, Curtin 118

Jonathan Freedman is professor of English and American Culture at the University of Michigan. His research interests include late nineteenth-century British and American literature, and Jewish and multicultural literature. He is the author of The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America (Oxford, 2000) and Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism, and Commodity Culture (Stanford, 1990), and is co-editor (with Sara Blair) of Jewish in America (Michigan, 2004).

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