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Animal Affinities: Word and Image in Medieval Hebrew Books

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

One of the most remarkable features of medieval Hebrew manuscripts is the inclusion of striking zoocephalic figures: humans with beastly and bestial heads. This lecture will explore several such manuscripts suggesting that the presence of these figures, peculiar to medieval Ashkenazi books, lies at the intersection of image, language, philosophy, poetry and history.

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