In this talk, Tali Chilson will discuss how Jewish writers from London’s East End reconstructed a slum that was home to a community of working-class immigrants living in abject poverty. She will consider how a local public park and excursions to the countryside came to represent what little respite they could afford to remedy the plight of urban pressure. However, what would at first appear to be innocuous pursuits of recreation in fact unearth issues concerning dislocation, acculturation, and assimilation. Chilson will discuss writers such as Simon Blumenfeld, Ashley Smith, Willy Goldman, Charles Poulsen, Bernard Kops, and Arnold Wesker.
Michael Scott, director of the Future of the Humanities Project, will provide opening and closing remarks, and Kathryn Temple, a Future of the Humanities Project senior fellow, will moderate a Q&A session following the presentation.
This event is sponsored by the Future of the Humanities Project; the Georgetown Humanities Initiative; the Georgetown Master's Program in the Engaged and Public Humanities; Campion Hall, Oxford; and the Las Casas Institute (Blackfriars Hall, Oxford). It is part of the one-year-long series A Bent but Beautiful World: Literature, Art, and the Environment.