Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice

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The first Jewish woman to leave her mark as a writer and intellectual, Sarra Copia Sulam (1600?a€“41) was doubly tainted in the eyes of early modern society by her religion and her gender. This remarkable woman, who until now has been relatively neglected by modern scholarship, was a unique figure in Italian cultural life, opening her home, in the Venetian ghetto, to Jews and Christians alike as a literary salon. For this bilingual edition, Don HarrAin has collected all of Sulama€™s previously scattered writingsa€”letters, sonnets, a Manifestoa€”into a single volume. HarrAin has also assembled all extant correspondence and poetry that was addressed to Sulam, as well as all known contemporary references to her, making them available to Anglophone readers for the first time. Featuring rich biographical and historical notes that place Sulam in her cultural context, this volume will provide readers with insight into the thought and creativity of a woman who dared to express herself in the male-dominated, overwhelmingly Catholic Venice of her time.They a€œmay take the Degree of Doctors in Medicine at Padua, and practice Physick any where in the City and State of Venice.a€27 Because ... 28 Moreover, a€œ those Jews who ex- ercise the profession of medicine earn a lot of money, much to the chagrin of the Christian doctors who could not ever stand in their way. ... For a general study, see Bonfil, Rabbis and Jewish Communities in Renaissance Italy. 27.

Title:Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice
Author:Sarra Copia Sulam
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-11-15


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