Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage by Michelle Ephraim

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  • Title: Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage
  • Author: Michelle Ephraim
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Date: March 2016
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780754658153

 

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The first book-length examination of Jewish girls in Renaissance drama, this examine explores fictional representations of the feminine Jew in educational, personal and public stage performances throughout Queen Elizabeth I’s reign; it hyperlinks lesser-known dramatic variations of the biblical Rebecca, Deborah, and Esther with the Jewish daughters made well-known by Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare on the standard stage. Drawing upon unique analysis on early fashionable sermons and biblical commentaries, Michelle Ephraim right here reveals the cultural significance of biblical performs which have acquired scant important consideration and presents a brand new context with which to know Shakespeare’s and Marlowe’s fascination with the Jewish daughter. Protestant playwrights typically figured Elizabeth via Jewish girls from the Hebrew scripture in an effort to legit her non secular authenticity. Ephraim argues that via the determine of the Jewess, playwrights not solely stake a declare to the Old Testament however name consideration to the strategy of studying and decoding the Jewish bible; their typological interpretations problem and acceptable Catholic and Jewish exegeses. The performs convey the Reformists’ want for propriety over the Hebrew scripture as a “prisca veritas,” the pure phrase of God versus that of corrupt Church authority. Yet these literary representations of the Jewess, which draw from a number of and conflicting exegetical traditions, additionally show the elusive high quality of the Hebrew textual content. This guide establishes the relationship between Elizabeth and dramatic representations of the Jewish girl: to “play” the Jewess is to interact in an interpretive “play” that each celebrates and interrogates the non secular ideology of Elizabeth’s rising Protestant nation. Ephraim approaches the relationship between scripture and drama from a historicist perspective, complicating our understanding of the particular intersections between the Jewess in Elizabethan drama, biblical commentaries, political discourse, and standard tradition. This examine expands the rising subject of Jewish research in the Renaissance and contributes additionally to important work on Elizabeth herself, whose affect on literary texts many students have established

 

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