The Blood Libel Legend / Edition 1

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Overview

Alan Dundes, in this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the power of folklore to influence thought and history.  According to the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian infants to obtain blood to make matzah.  Dundes has gathered here the work of leading scholars who examine the varied sources and elaborations of the legend.   Collectively, their essays constitute a forceful statement against this false accusation. 
      The legend is traced from the murder of William of Norwich in 1144, one of the first reported cases of ritualized murder attributed to Jews, through nineteenth-century Egyptian reports, Spanish examples, Catholic periodicals, modern English instances,  and twentieth-century American cases.  The essays deal not only with historical cases and surveys of blood libel in different  locales, but also with literary renditions of the legend, including the ballad “Sir Hugh, or, the Jew’s Daughter” and Chaucer’s “The Prioress’s Tale.” 
    These case studies provide a comprehensive view of the complex nature of the blood libel legend.  The concluding section of the volume includes an analysis of the legend that focuses on Christian misunderstanding of the Jewish feast of Purim and the child abuse component of the legend and that attempts to bring psychoanalytic theory to bear on the content of the blood libel legend.  The final essay by Alan Dundes takes a distinctly folkloristic approach, examining the legend as part of the  belief system that Christians developed about Jews.
    This study of the blood libel legend will interest folklorists, scholars of Catholicism and Judaism, and many general readers, for it is both the literature and the history of anti-Semitism.

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An assemblage of essays all treating the bizarre and dangerous blood libel legend, which goes back at least to the 12th century in Europe and continues into the 20th. According to this legend, Jews murder an innocent Christian infant or child for the ritual purpose of mixing the victim's blood with their matzah around Easter time. Paper edition (unseen), $17.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299131142
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Dundes is professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley.  His books published by the University of Wisconsin Press are: Parsing Through Customs:  Essays by a Freudian FolkloristCinderella:  A Casebook; and Little Red Riding Hood:  A Casebook.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Thomas of Monmouth: Detector of Ritual Murder 3
Little St. Hugh of Lincoln: Researches in History, Archaeology, and Legend 41
Little Sir Hugh: An Analysis 72
The Prioress's Tale 91
The Ritual Murder Accusation in Britain 99
The Hilsner Affair 135
The Present State of the Ritual Crime in Spain 162
Damascus to Kiev: Civilta Cattolica on Ritual Murder 180
Ritual Murder Accusations in Nineteenth-Century Egypt 197
Twentieth-Century Blood Libels in the United States 233
The Feast of Purim and the Origins of the Blood Accusation 261
The Blood Libel: A Motif in the History of Childhood 273
The Ritual Murder Accusation: The Persistence of Doubt and the Repetition Compulsion 304
The Ritual Murder or Blood Libel Legend: A Study of Anti-Semitic Victimization through Projective Inversion 336
A Selected Bibliography: Suggestions for Further Reading on the Blood Libel Legend 379
Index 383
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