The Sword of Judith

Judith Studies Across the Disciplines

by Kevin R. Brine, Elena Ciletti, Henrike Lähnemann

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Book Description

The Book of Judith tells the story of a fictitious Jewish woman beheading Holofernes, the general of a powerful army, to free her people. The story has fascinated artists and authors for centuries, and is becoming a major field of research in its own right.

The Sword of Judith is the first multidisciplinary collection of essays to discuss representations of Judith throughout the centuries. Bringing together scholars from around the world, it transforms our understanding of Judith's enduring story across a wide range of disciplines. The book includes sections on Judith in Christian, Jewish and secular textual traditions, as well as representations of Judith in art, music and theatre. The collection includes new archival source studies and the translation of unpublished manuscripts and texts previously unavailable in English.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download The Sword of Judith ebook for free in PDF format (9.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Judith Project
Chapter 2
The Jewish Textual Traditions
Chapter 3
Judith in the Christian Tradition
Part 1
Writing Judith
Part 1.1
Jewish Textual Traditions
Chapter 4
Holofernes's Canopy in the Septuagint
Chapter 5
Shorter Medieval Hebrew Tales of Judith
Chapter 6
Food, Sex, and Redemption in Megillat Yehudit (the "Scroll of Judith")
Chapter 7
Shalom bar Abraham's Book of Judith in Yiddish
Part 1.2
Christian Textual Tradition
Chapter 8
Typology and Agency in Prudentius's Treatment of the Judith Story
Chapter 9
Judith in Late Anglo-Saxon England
Chapter 10
The Prayer of Judith in Two Late-Fifteenth-Century French Mystery Plays
Chapter 11
The Example of Judith in Early Modern French Literature
Chapter 12
The Aestheticization of Tyrannicide: Du Bartas's La Judit
Chapter 13
The Cunning of Judith in Late Medieval German Texts
Chapter 14
The Role of Judith in Margaret Fell's Womens Speaking Justified
Part 2
Staging Judith
Part 2.1
Visual Arts
Chapter 15
Judith, Jael, and Humilitas in the Speculum Virginum
Chapter 16
Judith between the Private and Public Realms in Renaissance Florence
Chapter 17
Donatello's Judith as the Emblem of God's Chosen People
Chapter 18
Costuming Judith in Italian Art of the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 19
Judith Imagery as Catholic Orthodoxy in Counter-Reformation Italy
Part 2.2
Music and Drama
Chapter 20
Judith, Music, and Female Patrons in Early Modern Italy
Chapter 21
Judith in Baroque Oratorio
Chapter 22
Judith in the Italian Unification Process, 1800-1900
Chapter 23
Marcello and Peri's Giuditta (1860)
Chapter 24
Politics, Biblical Debates, and French Dramatic Music on Judith after 1870
Chapter 25
Judith and the "Jew-Eaters" in German Volkstheater

Book Details

Subject
Religion and Spirituality
Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2010
Pages
534
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781906924157
ISBN10
1906924155
ISBN13 Digital
9781906924171
ISBN10 Digital
1906924171
PDF Size
9.4 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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