Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in the Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy

Overview

This is the first comprehensive study of the images in five profusely illustrated Yiddish books that were produced in sixteenth-century Italy: a manuscript of Jewish customs illustrated by its scribe, and two books of customs, a chivalric romance, and a book of fables, all printed at Christian presses in Venice and Verona. The long-neglected manuscript includes more than one hundred drawings, here reproduced for the first time, which are strikingly inventive and full of a joie de vivre that gives the lie to the ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive study of the images in five profusely illustrated Yiddish books that were produced in sixteenth-century Italy: a manuscript of Jewish customs illustrated by its scribe, and two books of customs, a chivalric romance, and a book of fables, all printed at Christian presses in Venice and Verona. The long-neglected manuscript includes more than one hundred drawings, here reproduced for the first time, which are strikingly inventive and full of a joie de vivre that gives the lie to the lachrymose view of Jewish history. This volume, which explores how Yiddish imagery constructs women, Jewish memory, and Jewish identity, will interest art historians, feminist scholars, Jewish Studies specialists, and specialists in the history of the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004139053
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/27/2004
  • Series: Brill's Series in Jewish Studies Series , #36
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Wolfthal, Ph.D. (1983) in Art History, New York University, is Associate Professor at Arizona State University. She has authored books on images of rape and Netherlandish canvases, and published numerous articles on late medieval and early modern art.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 An illustrated manuscript of Jewish customs (Paris BN MS. Heb. 586)
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Paris book of customs 3
Ch. 2 The beginnings of a new pictorial tradition 26
Ch. 3 Representing Jewish ritual and identity in the Paris book of customs and its Christian counterparts 44
Ch. 4 Representing diversity within the community : the absence of Rabbis and the presence of women 63
Pt. 2 The printed books of customs (Venice, 1593 and 1600)
Ch. 5 Introduction to the printed books of customs 87
Ch. 6 Marriage and memory : images of marriage rituals in Yiddish books of customs 111
Ch. 7 Remembering Amalek and Nebuchadnezzar : biblical warfare and symbolic violence in images in the Yiddish books of customs 132
Pt. 3 The secular Yiddish books, Paris un Viene and the Kuh-Bukh (Verona, 1594 and 1595)
Ch. 8 Cultural exchange and Jewish identity in images in secular illustrated Yiddish books 157
Ch. 9 Picturing romantic passion, illicit sexuality, and women's agency in secular Yiddish books 189
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