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Jewish Literary Eros: Between Poetry And Prose In The Medieval Mediterranean

Hosted By: Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

Jewish Literary Eros traces Hebrew prosimetra from the medieval Mediterranean, together and alongside Arabic and Romance counterparts, to find the particular moments of innovation among textual practices by Jewish authors amid shifting attitudes toward the poetics of profane love. To consider the extent to which Jewish authors embraced the dominant cultures’ literary traditions or formulated their own authorial paths, the book examines Hispano-Hebraic maqamas, Immanuel of Rome’s Italian lyrics, polymetric Judeo-Spanish oral poems, and experimental poetic and prose compositions from post-medieval Italy, all with respect to classical Arabic, Occitan, Medieval French, Galician-Portuguese, Sicilian, Italian, Castilian, and Ashkenazi counterparts.

Join the Institute for a Book Talk with Isabelle Levy, Academic Program Director and Lecturer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University, in conversation with Elisheva Carlebach, Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society. *This event is in-person.

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