The Sword of Judith: Judith Studies Across the Disciplines - cover image

Copyright

Kevin R. Brine, Elena Ciletti; Henrike Lähnemann

Published On

2010-07-01

ISBN

Paperback978-1-906924-15-7
Hardback978-1-906924-16-4
PDF978-1-906924-17-1
HTML978-1-80064-436-6

Language

  • English

Print Length

534 pages (xix + 514)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 27 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.07" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 29 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.13" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1628g (57.43oz)
Hardback2023g (71.36oz)

Media

Illustrations53

OCLC Number

702115347

LCCN

2019452800

BIC

  • HRCG
  • HBTB

BISAC

  • REL006740
  • MUS048000
  • ART015000

LCC

  • BS1735.55

Keywords

  • Book of Judith
  • Holofernes
  • the Bible
  • art history
  • women's studies
  • gender studies
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • myth
  • the Old Testament
  • biblical literature
  • bible studies
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The Sword of Judith

Judith Studies Across the Disciplines

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 The collection includes new archival source studies and the translation of unpublished manuscripts and texts previously unavailable in English.

Reviews

These essays, by presenting translations of unpublished manuscripts, analyzing new archival sources, and exploring Judith’s representation in narrative, poetry, art, music and theatre, demonstrate how Judith serves as a template for marking changing views of politics, ethics, gender roles and theology from the Patristic period to the nineteenth century.

Amy-Jill Levine

"The Sword of Judith: Judith Studies across the Disciplines ed. by Kevin R. Brine, Elena Ciletti and Henrike Lähnemann". Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues (1565-5288), vol. 24, 2013.

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Additional Resources

[website]Images of Judith and Holofernes - collection

A vast collection of images of Judith and Holofernes is available on ARTstor. Please note that the ARTstor collection requires institutional access.

[website]The Judith Project

The New York Public Library is host to The Judith Project, which is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort under the academic guidance of a distinguished panel of Judith scholars from around the world. The mission of The Judith Project is to enhance scholarship on The Book of Judith and on the theme of Judith and Holofernes in Western culture from antiquity to the present. The project's website contains more information, together with a comprehensive bibliographic reference tool.

Table of Contents

1. The Judith Project

Kevin R. Brine


2. The Jewish Textual Traditions

Deborah Levine Gera


3. Judith in the Christian Tradition

Elena Ciletti and Henrike Lähnemann


Part 1. Writing Judith
1.1 Jewish Textual Traditions
4. Holofernes's Canopy in the Septuagint

Barbara Schmitz


5. Shorter Medieval Hebrew Tales of Judith

Deborah Levine Gera


6. Food, Sex, and Redemption in Megillat Yehudit (the "Scroll of Judith")

Susan Weingarten


7. Shalom bar Abraham's Book of Judith in Yiddish

Ruth von Bernuth and Michael Terry


1.2 Christian Textual Tradition
8. Typology and Agency in Prudentius's Treatment of the Judith Story

Marc Mastrangelo


9. Judith in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Tracey-Anne Cooper


10. The Prayer of Judith in Two Late-Fifteenth-Century French Mystery Plays

John Nassichuk


11. The Example of Judith in Early Modern French Literature

Kathleen M. Llewellyn


12. The Aestheticization of Tyrannicide: Du Bartas's La Judit

Robert Cummings


13. The Cunning of Judith in Late Medieval German Texts

Henrike Lähnemann


14. The Role of Judith in Margaret Fell's Womens Speaking Justified

Janet Bartholomew


Part 2. Staging Judith
2.1 Visual Arts
15. Judith, Jael, and Humilitas in the Speculum Virginum

Elizabeth Bailey


16. Judith between the Private and Public Realms in Renaissance Florence

Roger J. Crum


17. Donatello's Judith as the Emblem of God's Chosen People

Sarah Blake McHam


18. Costuming Judith in Italian Art of the Sixteenth Century

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona


19. Judith Imagery as Catholic Orthodoxy in Counter-Reformation Italy

Elena Ciletti


2.2 Music and Drama
20. Judith, Music, and Female Patrons in Early Modern Italy

Kelley Harness


21. Judith in Baroque Oratorio

David Marsh


22. Judith in the Italian Unification Process, 1800-1900

Paolo Bernardini


23. Marcello and Peri's Giuditta (1860)

Alexandre Lhâa


24. Politics, Biblical Debates, and French Dramatic Music on Judith after 1870

Jann Pasler


25. Judith and the "Jew-Eaters" in German Volkstheater

Gabrijela Mecky Zaragoza


Bibliography

Abbreviations

Index


Contributors

Elena Ciletti

(editor)
Medieval German at University of Oxford

Henrike Lähnemann

(editor)