Susan Bernstein Lecture

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George Eliot’s publication of her last novel Daniel Deronda in 1876 prompted, and continues to provoke, diverse responses to her proto-Zionist vision. Prof. Bernstein uses Eliot’s novel as a catalyst for exploring figurations of exodus, exile, and return in the writing of three late-Victorian Anglo-Jewish women writers, Katie Magnus, Amy Levy, and Mathilde Blind, each of whom re- sponded in print to Eliot’s novel, and to the idea of a return to Palestine. Writ- ing about Jewishness in varied genres and publishing venues, Magnus, Levy, and Blind demonstrate diverse connections with modern Jewish diasporic consciousness.