Women and the Musical Libel Against the Jews in Two Fourteenth-Century Texts


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  • Speaker: Dorothy Kim, Frankel Fellow
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 10/10/2013
  • Time: 12:15 PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    This colloquium will examine the music and lyrics of this marian antiphon in a late 13th-century multilingual manuscript for the female house at Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Professor Kim will consider the manuscript’s history as a volume probably owned by John of Gaunt and examine its connection to Chaucer’s work on The Prioress’s Tale. The Nuneaton Book’s version of Alma Redemptoris Mater is musically dissonant and in this talk, she will discuss the theoretical ramifications of dissonance in relation to the musical libel against the Jews and recent neuroscience discussions about aural dissonance.