October 11, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
In this series (three sessions), we’ll look at stories and poems from different eras by Jewish-American women and consider what they tell us about what it means to be a woman, a Jew, and an American. Anzia Yezierska’s stories and novels capture the lives of immigrants navigating the tensions and possibilities of a new world. From the 1930s through the 1970s, Tillie Olsen wrote about working-class lives, some Jewish, some not, in stories and poems that take us into the homes, workplaces, and perspectives of varied women. We’ll end with a trio of late 20th century poets: Alicia Ostriker, Maxine Kumin, and Adrienne Rich. Readings will be fairly short, distributed digitally before each meeting, and our meetings will focus on responses to the texts and themes that emerge from them.