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Jewish Romance in the Middle Ages: Literature, Piety, and Cultural Translation
In the late Middle Ages, Jewish authors translated and transformed non-Jewish, vernacular literature to create new Hebrew and Old Yiddish texts in a style that resembles medieval romance. Drawing on the popular vernacular stories of King Arthur, Alexander the Great, and heroic knights, some Jewish authors employed a variety of techniques to make these texts appropriate for Jewish audiences, including references to biblical events or replacement of non-Jewish words with ones relating to the practice of Judaism. Other Jewish authors, however, avoided biblical or pious language when crafting their new versions, putting into question the common assumption of an inextricable link between medieval Jewish piety and culture.

Oct 25, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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