Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Works of Sarra Copia Sulam in Verse and Prose Along with Writings of Her Contemporaries in Her Praise, Condemnation, or Defense

Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Works of Sarra Copia Sulam in Verse and Prose Along with Writings of Her Contemporaries in Her Praise, Condemnation, or Defense

by Sarra Copia Sulam
     
 

The First Jewish women to leave a significant mark as a writer and intellectual.Sarra Copia Sulam(1600?-41)was doubly tainted in the eyes of her contemporaries by her religion and gender. A remarkable figure relatively neglected in modern scholarship, Sulam occupied a unique place in early seventeenth-century cultural lite, opening her home, in the Venetion ghetto,

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The First Jewish women to leave a significant mark as a writer and intellectual.Sarra Copia Sulam(1600?-41)was doubly tainted in the eyes of her contemporaries by her religion and gender. A remarkable figure relatively neglected in modern scholarship, Sulam occupied a unique place in early seventeenth-century cultural lite, opening her home, in the Venetion ghetto, to jews and Christians a like as a literary salon In her writings, she argued her own views and forcefully defended herself against her critics.

For this bilingual edition, Don Harrán has collected all of sulam&Isquo;s previously scattered works-letters,sonnets,a manifesto-and all know letters and poems addressed to her by others, making them available in a single volume, for the first time, to Anglophone readers. Featuring rich biograpgical and historical notes that places Sulam in her cultural context, the volume provides insight into the thought and creativity of a women who dared to express herself in the male-dominated, overwhelmingly Catholic Venice of her time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226779881
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Don Harrán is the Artur Rubinstein Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jersualem. He is the author of many books, including Salamone Rossi, Jewish Musician in Late Renaissance Mantua.

 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations  

Acknowledgments  

List of Abbreviations  

Series Editors’ Introduction  

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Volume Editor’s Bibliography

 

 

I Sarra Copia and Ansaldo Cebà

1. Letters to Sarra Copia from her Christian Correspondent Ansaldo Cebà (1618–22)

2. Letter from Sarra Copia to Isabella della Tolfa (1623)

3. References to Sarra Copia in a Second Collection of Ansaldo Cebà’s Letters (1623)

 

II A Controversy on the Immortality of the Soul

1. Letter from Baldassare Bonifaccio to Sarra Copia (End of 1619)

2. Sarra Copia’s Letter in Response (10 January 1620)

3. Excerpts from Baldassare Bonifaccio’s “Discourse on the Immortality of the Soul” (June 1621)

4. Sarra Copia’s Manifesto in Self-Defense (July 1621)

5. Baldassare Bonifaccio’s Essay in Rebuttal (August 1621)

6. Portion of a Letter by Baldassare Bonifaccio (December 1621)

 

III “Notices from Parnassus”

1. “Notices from Parnassus” (1626 or Thereafter)

2. Excerpts from Numidio Paluzzi’s Rime, as Edited by Alessandro Berardelli (1626)

3. Letter by Angelico Aprosio (Undated, Though Based on a Report from 1637)

 

IV Miscellanea

1. Dedication to Sarra Copia from Leon Modena’s Play Ester (1619)

2. Two Poems by Gabriele Zinano and a Poem by Sarra Copia in Response (Probably 1622–23)

3. Leon Modena’s Epitaph for Sarra Copia’s Tombstone (1641)

 

Appendix: Sarra Copia’s Prose Writings in the Original

Series Editors’ Bibliography

Index of Poems by Their First Lines, Forms, and Authors

General Index

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