University at Albany

Judaic Studies

Jewish Renegades in the Arts

Presenter: Martha Rozett (English Department; Judaic Studies Affiliate Faculty)

Book talk: Beyond the Pale, by Elana Dykewomon

Venue: The Golub Center; United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany

Beyond The Pale, by Elana Dykewomon

February 3, 2011 (snow date: Feb. 17) 7:30pm

Professor Martha Rozett leads a discussion of lesbian activist Elana Dykewomon's novel, Beyond The Pale.

The story told in this critically acclaimed 1997 novel begins in the Russian Pale of Settlement in 1889, and follows a young girl who emigrates to New York after a pogrom kills her parents and scatters her family. She and her cousin go to work in the garment industry and eventually bear witness to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. This panoramic novel has a strong political bent; Dykewomon uses her characters’ experiences to argue for gender equality.

This program was made possible by:
Legacy Heritage Fund

Association for Jewish StudiesThe University at Albany Foundation