October 31, 2001
Nov. 5 Lecture Examines
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Sexual Politics of the Modern Hebrew Revival
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Noted scholar of
modern Jewish literatures Naomi Seidman will lecture on "The
Sexual Politics of the Modern Hebrew Revival" at 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, Nov. 5, in Seelye 207 at Smith College.
Seidman, who is an associate professor of Jewish culture and
the director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies
at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., will discuss
the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language in the modern period
through a feminist analysis of the education of the "First
Hebrew Boy" and the anecdotes and jokes that circulated
during the decades in which Hebrew was becoming the vernacular
of the Zionist community in Palestine.
Author of "A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics
of Hebrew and Yiddish," published in 1997, Seidman has also
translated the Hebrew and Yiddish stories of Dvora Baron, the
first modern Hebrew woman writer, and is currently working on
a book on Jewish and Christian differences and the theory and
practice of translation.
This talk-which is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible-is
sponsored by the Smith College programs in Jewish studies, comparative
literature and women's studies.