Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:00 pm
Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.
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. Read more →