Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer and the Jews: Sources, Contexts, Meanings/Gender and Jewish Difference from Paul to Shakespeare

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer and the Jews: Sources, Contexts, Meanings/Gender and Jewish Difference from Paul to Shakespeare

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Chaucer and the Jews: Sources, Contexts, Meanings, ed. Sheila Delany, The Multicultural Middle Ages (New York and London: Routledge, 2002). xi + 258 pp. ISBN 0-415-93882-1. $99.95.

Lisa Lamport, Gender and Jewish Difference from Paul to Shakespeare, The Middle Ages Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). 277 pp. ISBN 0-812 2-3775-7. $55.00/£38.50.

Christian, and Christian ecclesiastical, responsibility for medieval anti-Semitism, particularly during and after the First Crusade, is by now so well documented and widely acknowledged (including by the late pope) that it is difficult to speak of the matter without indulging in trite, if well-deserved, condemnations, late twentieth-century political correctness, or a smug questioning of religious values generally. More recently, medieval Jews have been described widely as one of the several Others' against which medieval Christianity had set its face, but this description too, though helpful in some ways, is flawed (in general if not always in particular) by the proximity, not only physical but also theological, which the very different traditions enjoyed, and the evident indebtedness of Christianity to Judaism - an indebtedness which in its own way may have stoked the fires of persecution. The first of the books listed above divides its fourteen essays (five of them reprints) into three sections. Part I, 'Chaucer texts', is at once the most important and most heavily reprinted, and includes Christine M. Rose's reprinted study 'The Jewish mother-in-law: Synagoga and the Man of Law's Tale'; William Chester Jordan on 'The Pardoner's "holy Jew" '; the editor's reprinted 'Chaucer's Prioress, the Jews, and the Muslims'; Jerome Mandel's '"Jewes werk" in Sir Thopas'; and Sylvia Tomasch's reprinted 'Postcolonial Chaucer and the virtual Jew'. Part II, 'Chaucerian contexts', which in spite of its title has a more broadly cultural focus, contains Mary Dove's excellent 'Chaucer and the translation of Jewish Scriptures'; Timothy S.Jones's 'Reading biblical outlaws', Nancy L. Turner on 'Robert Holcot on the Jews', Denise L. Depres on 'The protean Jew in the Vernon Manuscript'; Rlisa Narin van Court's reprinted study of The Siege of Jerusalem, and Anthony P. …

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