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xi  Acknowledgments I am delighted to acknowledge the many forms of support I received for this book. I am very grateful for the financial support, including a book subvention, that the University of Iowa provided for my project. I am also thankful that the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies funded a six-month fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Several people helped me reconstruct and reimagine the layout,built environments , and social aspects of English cities. Robert Halliday, Margaret Statham ,Betty Millburn,Abby Antrobus,Keith Cunliffe, Caroline Barron,and Sylvia Cox assisted my research on medieval Bury;Giles Darkes at the British Towns Historic Atlas assisted my work on Chaucer’s London. Cath D’Alton prepared many maps for the book. Margaret Gamm, Paula Balkenende, Bethany Davis, and Lindsay Moen, librarians at both the University of Iowa Map Library and Special Collections and Archives department,helped locate several maps used in the book. I owe a huge debt to several scholarly collectives. Both current and former graduate students and colleagues at my home institution, the University of Iowa, supported me through their friendship and by serving as generous readers and interlocutors: Bluford Adams, Tom Blake, Eric Gidal, Lena Hill, Stephanie Horton, Rebekah Kowal, Priya Kumar, Irene Lottini, Erin Mann, Chris Merrill, Judith Pascoe, Laura Rigal, Phil Round, Miri Rubin, Michael Sarabia, Arne Seim, Lara Trubowitz, Chris Vinsonhaler, and Doris Witt. I owe special thanks to Naomi Greyser,Miriam Gilbert, David Cunning,Garrett Stewart, Jon Wilcox, Claire Sponsler, and, most of all, Alvin Snider. Two residencies at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies helped get the project going and complete it. Thanks especially belong to Teresa Mangum and Jay Semel for their support. The astonishing cohort at both the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies and the University of Michigan provided support and feedback at a crucial time. Special thanks go to my research assistant , Shayna Goodman, and to Lois Dubin, Todd Endelman, Deborah Dash xii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Moore, Anita Norich, Cathy Sanok, Michael Schoenfeldt, Doug Trevor, and Jonathan Freedman. Since the start of the project, members of the Medieval Writers’Workshop have offered expert feedback and key support. I especially thank Elizabeth Allen, Jessica Brantley, Andrea Denny-Brown, Lisa Cooper, Seeta Chaganti, Bobby Meyer-Lee, Dan Birkholz, and Kellie Robertson. Over the years, many other friends and colleagues offered advice, conversed ,read drafts,and helped in other crucial ways:Suzanne Akbari,Pompa Banerjee, Anke Bernau,Lawrence Besserman,Benjamin Braude, Jody Enders, Aranye Fradenberg, Richard Helgerson, Geraldine Heng, Christopher Kendrick , Marcia Kupfer, Jennifer Hellwarth, Seth Lerer, Emma Lipton, David Matthews, Julie Mell, Andy Merrills, Mark Miller, Paul Remley, Pinchas Roth, Andy Scheil, John Sebastian, Jim Shapiro, Bob Stacey, Sarah Stanbury, Sylvia Tomasch, Elaine Treharne, Nick Vincent, Marina Warner and Mimi Yiu. I am also grateful to Meagan Loftin at the University of Washington and Carol Pasternack at UCSB for inviting me to present my work at their institutions; I received invaluable feedback on both occasions. Former Cornell editor Peter Potter chose superb readers; Lisa Lampert-Weissig and Andrew Galloway’s comments substantially shaped the development of this book. Many thanks belong to staff at Cornell University Press—Mahinder Kingra, Karen Hwa, Susan Barnett, Bethany Wasik, and Deborah Oosterhouse —for their assistance in editing and producing the book. I am particularly indebted to Anthony Bale, Heather Blurton, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen,Theresa Coletti, John Ganim,Hannah Johnson,Stacy Klein, Steven Kruger, and Keith Lilley for their exceptional support. My greatest debt is to my family. Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos cheerfully endured my highs and lows while working on the project. More importantly, she was and is a constant source of joy. It’s impossible to calculate what I owe my partner in love and scholarship, Harry Stecopoulos. Harry helped shape this book from the start; he challenged me to think more critically and more ambitiously about the scope, nuances, and implications of my topic. Mary Lavezzo supported the project from the start. I dedicate this book to my dad, John Lavezzo, whom I dearly miss. Through his work ethic, optimism, and strength, he embodied virtues that are fundamental to thriving in any walk of life. Sections of chapter 1 appeared as “Building Antisemitism in Bede,” in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture,ed. Samantha Zacher (Toronto:University of Toronto Press,2016);portions of chapter 2 appeared as “Shifting Geographies of Antisemitism: Mapping Jew and Christian in Thomas of Monmouth’s Life and...


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  • Jews in literature.
  • Antisemitism in literature.
  • English literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism.
  • English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
  • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
  • Antisemitism -- England -- History.
  • Jews -- England -- History.
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