Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute

Volume 13

Herkunft und Textkultur

Über jüdische Erfahrungswelten in romanischen Literaturen 1499–1627

Studies of the Dubnow Institute, Herkunft und Textkultur, 2010

Volume 13 of the »Schriftenreihe«is a literary study on the contribution of Jewish culture to the process of the formation and shaping of modernity in the Romance-language cultures. It focuses on an analysis of five basic texts written between 1499 and 1627. The intrinsic features of these texts have previously been interpreted in the terms of the origin and sense of affiliation of their authors: Jewish, »neo-Christian«  or Marrano: »La Celestina«, the »Dialoghi d’amore« of Leone Ebreo, the first picaresque novel, »Lazarillo de Tormes«, the »Essais« of Michel de Montaigne and the poeticizing versions of biblical texts by João Pinto Delgado.

Susanne Zepp explores the changes in genres and the literary works of that period against the backdrop of the history of the sixteenth century. Of particular interest are the differing articulations of the specific individual in the modern age. In each of the examples investigated, that is represented in a specific way, but always in its confrontation with Scripture and the sacred sphere. It shows that from the perspective of literary analysis, the genesis of the early modern consciousness of the subject can also be explained as a universalizing of Jewish experiences that were originally particularistic in nature.

223 pp. with 2 illustrations

Hardcover with dust jacket

Göttingen/Oakville, Conn.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010

ISBN: 978-3-525-36991-3
Price: 54,00 €(D)

ISBN (e-book): 978-3-647-36991-4
Price: 37,99 € (D)