Queer Expectations: a genealogy of jewish women's poetry

Lecture | February 8 | 12 p.m. |  Maude Fife Room Wheeler Hall

 Zohar Weiman-Kelman

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Please join the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Comparative Literature on February 8th 12 pm in the Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall for a talk by Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Zohar Weiman-Kelman will be discussing their recently published book, Queer Expectations: a Genealogy of Jewish Women’s Poetry (SUNY Press, 2018). Bringing together Jewish women’s poetry in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew from late nineteenth century through the 1970s, this talk will explore how Jewish women writers turned to poetry to write new histories. Developing “queer expectancy” as a conceptual tool for understanding how literary texts can both invoke and resist what came before, Weiman-Kelman demonstrates how poets such as Emma Lazarus, Leah Goldberg, Anna Margolin, and Adrienne Rich push back against heteronormative imperatives of biological reproduction and inheritance, opting instead for connections that twist traditional models of gender and history. Looking backward in queer ways thus enables new histories to emerge, intervenes in a troubled present, and gives hope for unexpected futures.