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Well Hello Gorgeous: Barbra Streisand as the Jewish Diva

A lecture by Dr Michele Aaron as part of the FilmTalk Lecture series at The Wiener Library

Streisand has had a phenomenally successful career and is adored by millions. Yet she splits opinion, not only on the subject of her beauty but within fierce criticism of her work that finds her too pushy and egocentric. She is both 'unwimpy' woman and 'unwaspy' star. In this lecture, through 'Funny Girl' (1968) especially, we will consider how these two connect, how Streisand's femininity and feminism, and her Jewishness influence her appeal.

Dr Michele Aaron is senior lecturer in Film and American Studies at the University of Birmingham. Author of 'Spectatorship: The Power of Looking On' (2007) and editor of two books on contemporary culture (1999 and 2004), she has published widely on queer film and theory, and on Jewishness and gender. She is currently completing a book entitled 'Death and the Moving Image'.


Dr Michele Aaron | talks


Date and Time:

7 May 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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