Come and learn about Victorian Jewish women novelists, many of whom were widely read in their lifetimes, were often borrowed prolifically from lending libraries, wrote on Jewish and non-Jewish themes, and display a degree of acceptance of Jews in British society- plus a great deal of self-consciousness – that is truly fascinating. These were women were educated, emancipated, strongly Jewish, and successful. They predate ‘the Jewish novel’ by a century or more, and, because they went out of fashion, are barely known in our day. But they are worth rediscovering.
Session 1: Amy Levy, who was a member of West London Synagogue, and was hugely highly regarded in her lifetime and afterwards.
Session 2: Grace Aguilar, a prolific novelist who was widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike throughout the 19th century, and wrote on intensely Jewish themes.
Session 3: The Misses Moss, Emily Harris, Mrs Alfred Sidgwick and others.
£10 suggested donation per session.