The Resource Vernacular voices : language and identity in medieval French Jewish communities, Kirsten A. Fudeman

Vernacular voices : language and identity in medieval French Jewish communities, Kirsten A. Fudeman

Vernacular voices : language and identity in medieval French Jewish communities
Vernacular voices
Title remainder
language and identity in medieval French Jewish communities
Statement of responsibility
Kirsten A. Fudeman
""A sophisticated and beautifully written book. With it, Einbinder arguably becomes the leading literary scholar of medieval French Jews. What is unique about her contribution is that it easily transcends literary historical study per se. Her work embodies what is critical to the success of the new medievalism: Einbinder negotiates or, more precisely, ignores the conventional boundaries between discourses and the modern disciplines to which they gave rise."---Ross Brann, Cornell University" ""A feast of ideas worthy of our very careful attention."---Speculum" ""The sufferings of the Rhineland Jews in 1096 were commemorated in three Hebrew narratives, which Professor Jeremy Cohen reexamines in this beautifully written book. The cumulative effect of Cohen's analysis is overwhelming."---Catholic Historical Review" ""Vernacular Voices marks Kirsten Fudeman as a scholar whose work should be followed closely and learned from. She has written a pathbreaking book that displays her linguistic expertise and her impressive methodological sophistication." ---Elisheva Baumgarten, author of Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe" "A thirteenth- century text purporting to represent a debate between a Jew and a Christian begins with the latter's exposition of the virgin birth, something the Jew finds incomprehensible at the most basic level, for reasons other than theological: "Speak to me in French and explain your words!" he says. "Gloss for me in French what you are saying in Latin!" While the Christian and the Jew of the debate both inhabit the so-called Latin Middle Ages, the Jew is no more comfortable with Latin than the Christian would be with Hebrew. Communication between the two is possible only through the vernacular." "In Vernacular Voices, Kirsten Fudeman looks at the roles played by language, and especially medieval French and Hebrew, in shaping identity and culture. How did language affect the way Jews thought, how they interacted with one another and with Christians, and who they perceived themselves to be? What circumstances and forces led to the rise of a medieval Jewish tradition in French? Who were the writers, and why did they sometimes choose to write in the vernacular rather than Hebrew? How and in what terms did Jews define their relationship to the larger French-speaking community?" "Drawing on a variety of texts written in medieval French and Hebrew, including biblical glosses, medical and culinary recipes, incantations, prayers for the dead, wedding songs, and letters, Fudeman challenges readers to open their ears to the everyday voices of medieval French-speaking Jews and to consider French elements in Hebrew manuscripts not as a marginal phenomenon but as reflections of a vibrant and full vernacular existence. Applying analytical strategies from linguistics, literature, and history, she demonstrates that language played a central role in the formation, expression, and maintenance of medieval Jewish identity and that it brought Christians and Jews together even as it kept them apart."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Cataloging source
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
F83 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
Series statement
Jewish culture and contexts
Vernacular voices : language and identity in medieval French Jewish communities, Kirsten A. Fudeman
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
Carrier MARC source
Content category
Content type code
Content type MARC source
Introduction: the medieval French Jewish community in its linguistic context -- Language and identity -- Speech and silence, male and female in Jewish-Christian relations: Blois, 1171 -- Texts of two colors -- Hebrew-French wedding songs: expressions of identity -- Appendix 1. Hebraico-French glosses and texts -- Appendix 2. The medieval Jewish wedding song 'Uri liqra'ti yafah, gentis kallah einoreie -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
1 online resource (xi, 254 pages :)
Form of item
Media category
Media MARC source
Media type code
Other physical details
Specific material designation
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794700628
  • pebcs0812205359

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
Processing Feedback ...