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Judaisation in the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet

Kahn, LO; (2017) Judaisation in the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet. In: Cerda, JF and Delabastita, D and Gregor, K, (eds.) Romeo and Juliet in European Culture. (pp. 119-138). John Benjamins: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

Ram and Jael (Salkinson 1878), the earliest Hebrew version of Romeo and Juliet, is a highly domesticating translation containing numerous Jewish cultural elements. This is attributable to the fact that the translation formed part of an ideologically loaded Jewish Enlightenment initiative to establish a European-style literary canon in Hebrew and reflecting Jewish values at a time when the language was still almost solely a written medium prior to its late nineteenth-century re-vernacularisation in Palestine. This chapter discusses the unusual sociolinguistic background to Ram and Jael and analyses its main Judaising features, which include the treatment of non-Jewish names; holidays and rituals; establishments; oaths and expressions; mythological figures; and foreign languages, as well as the insertion of biblical verses.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Judaisation in the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet
ISBN-13: 9789027209122
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1075/sec.1.07kah
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1075/sec.1.07kah
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Judaism, translation, Eastern Europe, Isaac Salkinson, biblical, Maskilic, Hebrew, Jewish, Haskalah, domesticating, Enlightenment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039746
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