Sunday Brunch: “‘Love Letters of a Socialist: Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, and the Strunsky Sisters”
August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This in-person event will take place in the Jewish Studies Center, Arnold Hall (Room 100) and via Zoom. Brunch will be served beginning at 9:00 AM.
Ashley Walters is an assistant professor of Jewish Studies, an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston. She teaches courses on modern Jewish history, gender and sexuality, and Jews and leftist politics. Prof. Walters recently completed her PhD in American and East European Jewish History and a PhD minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford University. She is currently working on a monograph titled, Intimate Radicals: East European Jewish Women, Anglo-American Intellectuals, and Progressive Desires. She is also co-editing and contributing to a collection of essays titled, Reframing Jewish American Literary History Through Women’s Writing, with Annie Atura Bushnell and Lori Harrison-Kahan.
Her talk explores the complicated ways in which these women served as important conduits of cultural, political, and linguistic knowledge about the country of their birth, as well as their objectification in the eyes of their American-born contemporaries and romantic partners. Their story illuminates a broader trend of ethnoracial intrigue and modern tensions in early twentieth century America.
Sponsors: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program