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Unlike most other ancient European, Near Eastern, and Mediterranean civilizations, Jewish culture surprisingly developed no early epic tradition: while the Bible comprises a broad range of literary genres, epic is not among them. Not until the late medieval period, Beginning in the fourtheeth century, did an extensive and thriving epic tradition emerge in Yiddish. Among the few dozen extant early epics, there are several masterpieces, of which ten are translated into English in this volume. Divided between the religious and the secular, the book includes eight epics presented in their entirety, an illustrative excerpt from another epic, and a brief heroic prose tale.These texts have been chosen as the best and the most interesting representatives of the genre in terms of cultural history and literary quality: the pious “epicizing” of biblical narrative, the swashbuckling medieval courtly epic, Arthurian romance, heroic vignettes, intellectual high art, and popular camp.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-lii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. liii-liv
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  1. Midrashic Epic
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 Abraham Our Father
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2 Joseph the Righteous
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. 3 Book of Samuel
  2. pp. 15-148
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  1. 4 The Binding of Isaac
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. “Secular” Epic
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. 5 Duke Horant
  2. pp. 159-180
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  1. 6 Vidvilt
  2. pp. 181-237
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  1. 7 Bovo of Antona
  2. pp. 238-316
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  1. 8 Pariz and Viene
  2. pp. 317-406
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 407-418
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 419-430
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 431-452
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 453-464
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815652687
Related ISBN
9780815633556
MARC Record
OCLC
883390836
Pages
520
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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