Ungewöhnliche Perspektiven auf Juden in der deutschen und italienischen Literatur des Spätmittelalters

Translated title of the contribution: Unusual Perspectives on Jews in Late Medieval German and Italian Literature

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We always face a certain danger when we investigate cultural-historical situations or conditions. Our chronicles and other documents tend to emphasize dramatic, if not tragic cases that color our understanding in rather dark light. This also applies to the relationship between Jews and Christians during the late Middle Ages, which has been discussed already from many different perspectives. Less consulted have been late German medieval verse narratives (verse-couplets, or mæren), where we encounter a number of times quite remarkable frameworks which situate the Jews in a much more mundane, ordinary context. As much as the poets endeavored, of course, to present the possibility of converting Jews to Christianity, as much they thereby also reveal a variety of different relationships characterized by a surprising degree of normalcy, free from the usual anti-Judaic hostility. We gain additional support for our approach by way of including two prose novellas by Boccaccio in his Decameron (ca. 1350).

Translated title of the contributionUnusual Perspectives on Jews in Late Medieval German and Italian Literature
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Religious studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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