First serialized in the Yiddish press in 1916–18, Diary of a Lonely Girl is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, suffused with dark humor. Squeezed between men who use their freethinking ideals to pressure her to be sexually available and nosy landladies who require her to maintain her respectability, the narrator wryly expresses frustration at her vulnerable circumstances. The novel boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, and women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics.
Jessica Kirzane is an Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish at the University of Chicago and Editor-inchief of In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. She was a 2017 Translation Fellow and a 2018 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.
Miriam Karpilove (1888–1956) published dramas, sketches, short stories, novellas, and criticism in many prominent Yiddish periodicals during her long career. She was a member of the Forverts staff, publishing seven novels and numerous works of short fiction in that paper between 1929 and 1937.
This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the evening talk, courtesy of Boswell Book Company.
Co-sponsors :Boswell Book Company and UWM’s Digital Humanities Lab, Language Resource Center, Center for 21st-Century Studies, Translation and Interpreting Studies program, and Departments of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies.