By Michelle Ephraim
The 1st book-length exam of Jewish girls in Renaissance drama, this learn explores fictional representations of the feminine Jew in educational, inner most and public level performances in the course of Queen Elizabeth I's reign; it hyperlinks lesser-known dramatic diversifications of the biblical Rebecca, Deborah, and Esther with the Jewish daughters made well-known by way of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare at the well known level. Drawing upon unique examine on early sleek sermons and biblical commentaries, Michelle Ephraim right here exhibits the cultural importance of biblical performs that experience obtained scant severe recognition and gives a brand new context with which to appreciate Shakespeare's and Marlowe's fascination with the Jewish daughter. Protestant playwrights usually figured Elizabeth via Jewish girls from the Hebrew scripture so one can valid her spiritual authenticity. Ephraim argues that throughout the determine of the Jewess, playwrights not just stake a declare to the outdated testomony yet name cognizance to the method of interpreting and studying the Jewish bible; their typological interpretations problem and acceptable Catholic and Jewish exegeses. The performs exhibit the Reformists' wish for propriety over the Hebrew scripture as a "prisca veritas," the natural be aware of God rather than that of corrupt Church authority. but those literary representations of the Jewess, which draw from a number of and conflicting exegetical traditions, additionally show the elusive caliber of the Hebrew textual content. This ebook establishes the connection among Elizabeth and dramatic representations of the Jewish girl: to "play" the Jewess is to interact in an interpretive "play" that either celebrates and interrogates the non secular ideology of Elizabeth's rising Protestant country. Ephraim ways the connection among scripture and drama from a historicist standpoint, complicating our knowing of the explicit intersections among the Jewess in Elizabethan drama, biblical commentaries, political discourse, and pop culture. This research expands the starting to be box of Jewish stories within the Renaissance and contributes additionally to serious paintings on Elizabeth herself, whose impression on literary texts many students have verified.
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