C: Lea Greenberg (Duke University/Chapel Hill): Lost Daughters: The Politics of the Gender, Love, and Learning in Kompert and Franzos’s Ghetto Fiction
This presentation considers the pivotal role fulfilled by the figure of the Jewish daughter in German Jewish literary texts that explore the tensions between tradition and the non-Jewish world during the long nineteenth century. I argue that, in these texts, a twofold concern with the daughter emerges: a policing of her romantic desire and a concern with her education or language. As case studies, I discuss a pair of texts by Leopold Kompert (Eine Verlorene, 1851) and Karl Emil Franzos (Der Shylock von Barnow, 1877), whose works depict provincial life in the lands of Austro-Hungary. This paper considers how these two vehicles of power—the policing of female education and of female desire—intersect in the project of negotiating the possibilities of Jewish life in European modernity.