IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 207: Jews in Medieval Christendom, II: Other Places, Other Bodies

Monday 9 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Moderator/Chair:Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Respondent:Irven Resnick, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Paper 207-aPolitics, Prophecy, and Jews: The Destruction of Jerusalem in 12th-Century Anglo-Norman Historiography
(Language: English)
Karen M. Kletter, Department of History, Methodist University, North Carolina
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 207-bThe Jews of the Libro de Alexandre
(Language: English)
Esther M. Martínez, Department of Languages & Cultures, William Paterson University, New Jersey
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese
Paper 207-cThe Maiden and the Midden
(Language: English)
Merrall Price, Department of English, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English

In July 2006, a five-week NEH Summer Institute convened at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies to investigate the topic ‘Representations of the “Other”: Jews in Medieval Christendom’. Ten of the participants, together with the institute’s Director, now seek to present the impact of their joint study on the handling of sources within their different disciplines. Each of the three proposed sessions incorporates scholars from multiple disciplines; each will have the Director of the Institute, Irven Resnick, as respondent. Our goal is to revive the intellectual exchange of the Institute, to publicise to others our work on Jews in all aspects of medieval life and art, and to invite fellow scholars to join us in critical dialogue on the topic.
Session II: Medieval Christian historiography, literature, and hagiography treat places and bodies coded as Jewish in ways that move from early respect for continuities between Judaism and Christianity to a later marking of ‘Jewish’ places and bodies as lowly, intransigent, defeated, or dirty.