Whitechapel Noise: Politics, Sex and Religion in London’s East End 1884-1914

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Whitechapel Noise: Politics, Sex and Religion in London’s East End 1884-1914

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 | 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm

On 29th September we will be hearing from our speaker delayed from 5th May, Vivi Lachs. Her subject is ‘Whitechapel Noise: politics, sex, and religion in London’s East End 1884-1914’. This talk, illustrated with song, examines the abundance of kupletn (rhyming couplets) written by songwriters and poets in pre-first world war London, and includes music-hall songs, satirical verse and much more, all told with humour, intensity, and passion.

Vivi Lachs is an historian, Yiddishist, performer, translation fellow of the Yiddish Book Centre in the US and Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, She completed her PhD in 2017 under the auspices of the late Professor David Cesarani, and her book Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884-1914 was published by Wayne State University Press. She is currently completing a book about the history of the Yiddish writers in London in the 30s and 40s, and translations of some of the stories Vivi performs with the bands Klezmer Klub and Katsha’nes and leads occasional East End tours.

Our meetings commence at 7.45pm (BST) but you can enter the Zoom room from 7.30, and it will end about 9.15pm (BST).

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm


via Zoom


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