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Jessica Kirzane Book Launch” “Diary of a Lonely Girl: or The Battle against Free Love”

March 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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-in-chief of “In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.” She was a 2017 translation fellow and a 2018 pedagogy fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.



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