Forkosh Lecture in Judaic Studies featuring Professor Naomi Seidman
Professor Naomi Seidman's talk is "The Marriage Plot: Sexuality, Secularization and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature".
This talk will explore how secularizing processes in the late 18th and 19th centuries worked through art forms, such as fiction, to educate about and cultivate new Jewish heterosexual norms and ideals, which countered and challenged, among other things, homo social and sexual norms in the "traditional" religious world.
Naomi Seidman is Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and Koret Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, California, and part of the Jewish Studies Faculty at U.C. Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish (University of California Press, 1997), and numerous articles on issues of difference, gender, Judaism, history, literature, translation and sexuality
There will be a reception and dinner for faculty before the talk beginning at 5pm in Great Hall.
Sponsored by Forkosh Family Lectureship in Judaic Studies and Religion. Contact: Sandy Saari, x4232