Vernacular Anxiety and the Semitic Imaginary: Shem Tov Isaac ibn Ardutiel de Carrión and his Critics

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dc.contributor.author Wacks, David
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-02T17:24:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Wacks, David. “Vernacular Anxiety and the Semitic Imaginary: Shem Tov Isaac Ibn Ardutiel De Carrión and His Critics.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Cultural Studies 4.2 (2012): 167–184. Print. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1754-6559
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12479
dc.description.abstract Shem Tov ibn Isaac Ardutiel (Santob de Carrión) lived in the fourteenth century, period of intense vernacularization of literary practice in Castile. Shem Tov has long been imagined as a model of multiculturality, and the lasting impact of his diglossic literary legacy is undeniable. He is a compelling case study of the role of Hebrew literature in the age of Hispano-Romance vernacularity. Shem Tov writes at a time when Spanish Jewish authors voice considerable ambivalence about the practice of vernacular literature. In this essay I offer a new reading of Proverbios morales and his Hebrew Debate between the pen and the scissors as veiled critiques of Castilian literary practice and a defense of Hebrew in an age of vernacularization. The ambivalence and anxiety that characterized Jewish approaches to the vernacular are mirrored by modern critics of the literature of Spain’s Jews. Spanish criticism of Shem Tov’s work is revealing of conflictive modern Spanish attitudes toward the role of Jewish authors in a national literary legacy. In the second part of this essay I demonstrate how the anxieties that characterized Jewish-Christian literary relations in 14th century Castile are still alive and well in 19th and 20th century Spanish scholarship. en_US
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dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.rights cc_by-nc-sa en_US
dc.subject Shem Tov de Carrion, Santob de Carrion, Medieval Hebrew literature, Hispano-Hebrew Literature, Medieval Spanish Literature, en_US
dc.subject Proverbios morales, Debate between the pen and the scissors, Milhemet ha-et ve-ha misparayim, mahberet, maqama, en_US
dc.title Vernacular Anxiety and the Semitic Imaginary: Shem Tov Isaac ibn Ardutiel de Carrión and his Critics en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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