Session Title

Jews and Saracens in Early Middle English

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Early Middle English Society

Organizer Name

Dorothy Kim

Organizer Affiliation

Vassar College

Presider Name

Siobhain Bly Calkin

Presider Affiliation

Carleton Univ.

Paper Title 1

"Jew" and "Jewish" as Identifying Terms in Early Middle English

Presenter 1 Name

Adrienne Williams Boyarin

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Victoria

Paper Title 2

Saint Margaret, the Jew, and the Ethiopian in Bodley 34 and Fitzwilliam 370

Presenter 2 Name

Dorothy Kim

Paper Title 3

Response: Manufacturing Race in Early Middle English Manuscripts

Presenter 3 Name

Asa Simon Mittman

Presenter 3 Affiliation

California State Univ.-Chico

Start Date

15-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1060

Description

The twelfth and thirteenth century saw England gain crusader territory in the Eastern Mediterranean and saw the establishment of Jews in a number of urban areas throughout Britain. The Jews were expelled from England by Edward I in 1290; England lost Acre in 1289. With this frame, this panel will consider Jews and Saracens in relation to a contemporary presence of Jews in England and a robust crusading period. While these events are of special interest to most medievalists who work on Anglo-Norman England/France--and though there has been work on Latin material in this context--there is very little on English vernacular works of the period as they pertain to thoughts about/representations of Jews, Saracens, and the Holy Land. Work on the later Middle English canon frequently contends with representations of Jews and Saracens post-expulsion and after the final loss of Jerusalem and often makes bold arguments about representation "before" and "after". But this panel asks the question is there really as much discernible change? What do we see if we look for the traces of thinking about Jews and Saracens in a corpus where this content is often overlooked and where their presence is intimately entwined in English regional, national, and international interests.

Dorothy Kim

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May 15th, 3:30 PM

Jews and Saracens in Early Middle English

Fetzer 1060

The twelfth and thirteenth century saw England gain crusader territory in the Eastern Mediterranean and saw the establishment of Jews in a number of urban areas throughout Britain. The Jews were expelled from England by Edward I in 1290; England lost Acre in 1289. With this frame, this panel will consider Jews and Saracens in relation to a contemporary presence of Jews in England and a robust crusading period. While these events are of special interest to most medievalists who work on Anglo-Norman England/France--and though there has been work on Latin material in this context--there is very little on English vernacular works of the period as they pertain to thoughts about/representations of Jews, Saracens, and the Holy Land. Work on the later Middle English canon frequently contends with representations of Jews and Saracens post-expulsion and after the final loss of Jerusalem and often makes bold arguments about representation "before" and "after". But this panel asks the question is there really as much discernible change? What do we see if we look for the traces of thinking about Jews and Saracens in a corpus where this content is often overlooked and where their presence is intimately entwined in English regional, national, and international interests.

Dorothy Kim