Embraced by feminist scholars for her radical experimentation with queer poetic voice and her witty journalistic pieces on female independence, Amy Levy has risen to prominence in recent years as one of the most innovative and perplexing writers of her generation. Even after more than a century, she remains controversial for her representations of London Jewry that draw unmistakably on contemporary anti-semitic discourse.
Amy Levy: Critical Essays brings together scholars working in the fields of Victorian cultural history, women's poetry and fiction, and the history of Anglo-Jewry. The essays trace the social, intellectual, and political contexts of Levy's writing and its contemporary reception.
Working from close analyses of Levy's texts, the collection aims to rethink her engagement with Jewish identity, to consider her literary and political identifications, to assess her representations of modern consumer society and popular culture, and to place her life and work within late-Victorian cultural debate.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Naomi Hetherington Nadia Valman 1
1 "We Are Photographers, Not Mountebanks!": Spectacle, Commercial Space, and the New Public Woman Elizabeth F. Evans 25
2 Why Wasn't Amy Levy More of a Socialist? Levy, Clementina Black, and Liza of Lambeth Emma Francis 47
3 Between Two Stools: Exclusion and Unfitness in Amy Levy's Short Stories Gail Cunningham 70
4 Amy Levy and the Literary Representation of the Jewess Nadia Valman 90
5 "Such Are Not Woman's Thoughts": Amy Levy's "Xantippe" and "Medea" T. D. Olverson 110
6 "Mongrel Words": Amy Levy's Jewish Vulgarity Susan David Bernstein 135
7 Passing in the City: The Liminal Spaces of Amy Levy's Late Work Alex Goody 157
8 "A Jewish Robert Elsmere"? Amy Levy, Israel Zangwill, and the Postemancipation Jewish Novel Naomi Hetherington 180
9 Verse or Vitality? Biological Economies and the New Woman Poet Lyssa Randolph 198
Afterword Meri-Jane Rochelson 221
Selected Bibliography 227