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The New Middle Ages

Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England

Legally Absent, Virtually Present

Authors: Krummel, M.

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Miriamne Ara Krummel challenges the accepted history of the English Middle Ages as a monolithic age of Christian faith. By cataloguing and explicating the complex depictions of semitisms to be found in medieval literature and material culture, this volume argues that Jews were always present in medieval England.

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MIRIAMNE ARA KRUMMEL Associate Professor of Medieval Literature and English at the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA.

Reviews

"Working at the intersection of medieval, postcolonial, and Judaic studies, Krummel has createda wide-ranging and interdisciplinary work of scholarship that re-evaluates how anti-Judaism works. Stressing the absence of the Jews even when physically present (transformed into a figure, a symbol, a deicidal monster), the book traces Jewish representation by Christians and (powerfully) by Jews living amongst Christians. Even when expelled from the island in 1290, the Jews continued to haunt, so integral were they to medieval Christian identities. Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England is a carefully researched, disquieting, vigorously argued, and profound book." - Jeffrey J. Cohen, Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington University

"In Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England, Krummel explores the varied and arresting medieval pre-histories of modern racism and antisemitism. Krummel's lively, eloquent and wide-ranging exploration of the Jews' 'virtual presence' in medieval English culture asks timely and challenging questions about religious violence and group identity. Krummel's book not only helps us to think about the vanished English Jews, expelled in 1290, but also suggests provocative and innovative ways of recovering and interpreting the haunting, multiple presences the Jews continued to play in the English, Christian imagination." - Anthony Bale, Reader in Medieval Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Haunted by Jews: Re-Membering the Medieval English Other

    Krummel, Miriamne Ara

    Pages 1-21

  • Categories of Race: “Judæis Notris Angliæ” and the 1275 Statute of Jewry

    Krummel, Miriamne Ara

    Pages 23-47

  • Where Curse, Refrain, and Identity Intersect: The Poetry of Meir B. Elijah of Norwich

    Krummel, Miriamne Ara

    Pages 49-67

  • Encountering Jews Beyond the Kingdom of Cathay: Imagining Nation in Mandeville’s Travelogue

    Krummel, Miriamne Ara

    Pages 69-88

  • Text and Context: Tracing Chaucer’s Moments of Jewishness

    Krummel, Miriamne Ara

    Pages 89-115

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-11718-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $110.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-230-61870-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-38132-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England
Book Subtitle
Legally Absent, Virtually Present
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Miriamne Ara Krummel
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11718-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230117181
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61870-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38132-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 243
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
Topics