• Jews and Christ Interchanged: Discursive Strategies in the Passio Iudeorum Pragensium

    Author(s):
    Evina Steinova (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Group(s):
    Jewish Studies, Late Medieval History, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Jewish-Christian relations, Medieval Jewish history, Jewish studies, Medieval literature, Late medieval culture, German Jewish history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Passio Iudeorum Pragensium, parody, anti-Jewish violence, Medieval Bohemia
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XC3F
    Abstract:
    ‘Passio Iudeorum Pragensium’, a late fourteenth–century pogrom narrative from Bohemia, provides many unique insights into the medieval tradition of pogrom narratives. It is preserved in the form of a number of related but distinct textual units that allow us to examine the discursive nature of texts such as these. This discursiveness is illustrated in this article by the transformations that the narrative material underwent, temporally and spatially, as well as with respect to different language communities and audiences. Furthermore, I discuss some models of relationship between the Passio material and the historical reality of a pogrom that led to the formation of this material, as well as to alternative accounts of the event preserved in some of the contemporary chronicles. Most important in this respect are three prosaic texts that seem to fall into the oldest layer of formation of ‘Passio Iudeorum Pragensium’. All three are elaborate compositions which employ traditional modes of narration with distinct new purposes and functions and which voice different, even conflicting perspectives on the significance of pogrom violence and its causes. This is particularly obvious when the representation of bodies – of the massacred Jews as well as of the supposedly desecrated ‘Corpus Christi’ – is contrasted, particularly as the three narratives make a point of blurring the boundaries between the two entities.
    Notes:
    The article is also available at: https://digilib.phil.muni.cz/handle/11222.digilib/118210
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