- ‘Tragedy or Neutropia? The Honourable Woman’
Dr. Sue Vice, University of Sheffield
- ‘British-Jewish Utopias and Dystopias from Zangwill to Jacobson’
Professor Brian Cheyette, University of Reading
- “No Outlines”: From Dystopia to Heterotopia in Howard Jacobson’s J’
Dr. Ruth Gilbert, University of Winchester
- ‘Messianism and British-Jewish Utopia’
Dr. Peter Lawson, Open University
- ‘The Future is Orange: Utopia and Dystopia in the Films of Stanley Kubrick’
Dr. Nathan Abrams, Bangor University
- ‘No Promised Land: A. C. Jacobs’ Poetry and the “Moment” of Diaspora’
Dr. Merle Bachman, Spalding University
- ‘East, North and West End: The Promised Land across London in the Plays of Bernard Kops’
Mr. Jeremy Solomons, Boston University & University of Reading
- Reading from her memoir “Losing Israel”
Jasmine Donohaye, Swansea University
- ‘The Idea of Jewish Racial Space: Zionist Utopia in the Anglo-Jewish Imagination’
Professor Gavin Schaffer, University of Birmingham
- ‘Jewtopia: Herbert Samuel, Rewriting Bacon’s New Atlantis, and Zionism’
Dr. Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University of London
- ‘Skin: a Metafictional Investigation into Jewish “Blackness” from Chamberlain’s and Pierce’s Racism to its Deconstruction in Modern British Film’
Dr. Federico Dal Bo, ICI Berlin
- Paper Title: ‘Michael Moorcock’s Pyat Quartet, Twentieth-Century History, and the Failure of the Utopian’
Dr. Eric Sandberg, University of Oulu
The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long before Philip Roth, Gloria Steinem, and Susan Sontag by pioneering 19th-century author Amy Levy. One of seven children born to assimilated, middle-class London parents in 1861, Levy was a prodigy who first published at age 14, and went on to become the first Jewish woman to attend Cambridge University.
In addition to essays which appeared in English Jewish periodicals and in Oscar Wilde’s feminist magazine, The Woman’s World, Levy is remembered for A London Plane-Tree, a posthumously published collection which touches on her desire for another woman, and novels including The Romance of a Shop, a story about sisters who establish a photography business, and Reuben Sachs, which casts a deprecating eye on the insular caste system and unrefined behavior of London’s elite Jewish families.
Written as a response to the artificial and sanctified treatment of Jews in George Eliot’s famous Zionist novel, Daniel Deronda, Reuben Sachs received unfavorable reviews.
Levy tragically took her own life at the age of 27.
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“Harold Pinter’s artistic vision focussed less on love than on the con. Born in 1930, Pinter grew up Jewish in modest circumstances in London’s East End, the beloved only child of hardworking parents, whose own forebears had emigrated to escape the pogroms in Poland and Russia at the turn of the last century. In 1939, Pinter, along with twenty-four other kids from his school, was evacuated to a mock-Gothic castle in Cornwall. He called this separation from his parents “traumatic,” and, in Michael Billington’s ample 1996 biography, he described a heart-wrenching pilgrimage that the couple made to see him during his exile on the coast. “When they left to get the bus it was a long way back to the lodge for me to walk,” Pinter, who died in 2008, said. “But I went all the way to the castle and looked back and could just see them as pinpoints waiting for the bus on the road; and I suddenly ran all the way back to them over the mounds of grass, racing towards them and of course they came towards me too.” That was love. But there’s no drama in reciprocation. Spiritually orphaned—“There was no fixed sense of being . . . of being . . . at all,” Pinter said of his life during the evacuation—the burgeoning playwright was inducted then, and during the war-torn years that followed, into a world of displaced boys, lads who showed him how guile, lies, and emotional distance could not only help get the girl but also contribute to her destruction. “I think as a result of that loss and confusion, one became, generally speaking, nastier,” he said. “Horrid is the word. I think we were all a bunch of horrid little boys because of the loss of security.”
Read More…Three on a Match – The New Yorker.