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The Sword of Judith

Kevin R. Brine
Elena Ciletti
Henrike Lähnemann

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1Diane Apostolos-Cappadona is Adjunct Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History, Georgetown University. Her research, teaching, and publications are centered on the interconnections of art, gender, and religion, and discuss issues such as the human figure, the body, and iconoclasm. She has a particular interest in the iconology of biblical women, including Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Judith. Guest curator for ”In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions” (2002), she coordinates the curatorial team for ”Salome Unveiled” (2012) for Amsterdam and New York.

2Elizabeth Bailey is Professor of Art History at Wesleyan College in Georgia. She is currently Chair of the Art Department. She conducts research on medieval and Renaissance tabernacles and rituals in Florence. The importance of the virtue and expression of humility led her to her study of Judith in medieval manuscripts. She is presently co-editing a book of essays.

3Janet Bartholomew received her M.A. in English from Tennessee State University where she studied protofeminist biblical exegesis in the writings of Early Modern women. She currently teaches at Albion College as a part-time visiting faculty member and is an adjunct professor at Jackson Community College. She has also held faculty positions at Tennessee State University and Nashville State Community College. Her most recentconference papers include ”Created for Labor: Rachel Speght’s Intertwined Gender Labor System in A Mouzel for Melastomus” and ”Defending ‘Heuah’s Sex’: Biblical Exegesis in Two Early Modern Protofeminist Tracts.”

4Paolo Bernardini is Professor of Early Modern European History at the School of Law of Insubria University (Como, Italy). The publication of his Fragments from a Land of Freedom. Essays on Fin de Siècle America is forth-coming. He co-edited, with Norman Fiering, The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to West (2001).

5Ruth von Bernuth is assistant Professor of early modern German studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation focused on ideas of natural folly in medieval and early modern German literature (Wunder, Spott und Prophetie. Natürliche Narrheit in den Historien von Claus Narren (2008)). She is currently researching the relationship between texts in Old Yiddish and the German literature of the early modern period.

6Sarah Blake McHam is Professor of Art History at Rutgers University. She has published numerous books and articles on Italian fifteenth- and sixteenth-century sculpture. Her most recent publications are articles dealing with the legacy of Pliny the Elder on such diverse artists as Giambologna, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphaelle Peale, offshoots of her forthcoming book on Pliny’s influence on Italian Renaissance art and theory.

7Kevin R. Brine, the founder and director of the Judith Project is an independent scholar and visual artist. He is Member of the Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University, and the co-founder, with Clifford Siskin of The Re-Enlightenment Project at New York University and The New York Public Library. Mr. Brine co-edited, with Garland Cannon, Object of Enquiry: The Life, Contributions and Influence of Sir William Jones (1746–1797) (1995). Mr Brine’s paintings are published in Kevin R. Brine: The Porch of the Caryatids: Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures (2006).

8Elena Ciletti is Professor of Art History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her research interests include Italian patronage and art from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. She has contributed articles on images of Judith to Refiguring Woman: Perspectives on Gender and the Italian Renaissance (1991) and The Artemisia Files (2005). She is working on a book-length study of the iconography of Judith in Catholic Reformation culture.

9Tracey-Anne Cooper is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, St. John’s University, Queens. Her publications include ”Basan and Bata: The Occupational Surnames of Two Pre-Conquest Monks of Canterbury” (2004); ”Two Previously Unrecorded Marginal Illustrations in Cotton Tiberius A. iii” (2005); ”Tovi the Proud’s Irregular Use of the Good Friday Liturgy” (2005); ”The Homilies of a Pragmatic Archbishop’s Handbook in Context: Cotton Tiberius A. iii” (2006); ”Lay Piety, Pastoral Care and the Compiler’s Method in Late Anglo-Saxon England” (2006); ”Why is St. Margaret’s the Only Saint’s Life in London BL, Cotton Tiberius A. iii?” (forthcoming) and ”Inculcating the Inner Heart of the Laity in Pre-Conquest England” (2008).

10Roger J. Crum is Professor of Art History at the University of Dayton where he has held the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages. He currently serves as the College of Arts and Sciences Liaison for Global and Intercultural Initiatives. A former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Professor Crum has published on a variety of subjects ranging from the art and politics of Renaissance Florence to Hitler’s visit to Florence in 1938. He is the co-editor with John T. Paoletti of Renaissance Florence: A Social History (2008) and, with Claudia Lazzaro, of Donatello Among the Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy (2005).

11Robert Cummings is Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Glasgow. He has edited Spenser: The Critical Heritage and Seventeenth-Century Poetry for the Blackwell Annotated Anthology series. He is the author of critical and bibliographical articles, mainly on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British poetry (Gavin Douglas, Drummond, Spenser, Jonson, Herbert, Marvell) but also on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century topics. His interests in neo-Latin literature are reflected in publications on Alciati. He is Review Editor of Translation and Literature, and has written on a variety of translation-related topics.

12Deborah Levine Gera is an Associate Professor of Classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia (1993), Warrior Women (1997), and Ancient Greek Ideas on Speech, Language, and Civilization (2003). At present she is working on a commentary on the Book of Judith for the de Gruyter series, Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature, as well as for the Yad Ben-Zvi Hebrew series, Between the Bible and the Mishna.

13Kelley Harness is an Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Minnesota. Her articles on early Florentine opera have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and the Journal for Seventeenth-Century Music. She is the author of Echoes of Women’s Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence (2006). She is currently working on a study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century intermedi.

14Henrike Lähnemann holds the Chair of German Studies at Newcastle University. Her main areas of research are medieval German literature in the Latin context, manuscript studies and the interface of text and image. In 2006, she published a monograph on medieval German versions of the Book of Judith (”Hystoria Judith. Deutsche Judithdichtungen vom 11. bis zum 16. Jahrhundert”).

15Alexandre Lhâa is a PhD student at the History Department of the University of Provence and member of the TELEMME research unit, in Aix-en-Provence (France). In June 2008, he attended the International Symposium Ottoman Empire & European Theatre, in Istanbul. His most recent conference papers include ”Exotisme et violence sur la scène du Teatro alla Scala” and ”Ho introdotto un leggiero cambiamento nell’argomento: Les tragédies antiques adaptées à La Scala (1784–1823).”

16Kathleen M. Llewellyn is Associate Professor of French and International Studies at Saint Louis University. She has published articles on L’Heptaméron of Marguerite de Navarre, the poetry of Madeleine des Roches and Gabrielle de Coignard, conduct literature for widows in early modern France, and the widow in early modern French literature. She is currently working on a book exploring representations of the figure of Judith in French Renaissance literature.

17David Marsh who studied Comparative Literature at Yale and Harvard, is Professor of Italian at Rutgers University and specializes in the influence of the classical tradition on the Italian Renaissance. His books include The Quattrocento Dialogue and Lucian and the Latins, and he has edited and translated works by Petrarch, Alberti, Leonardo, Vico, and mathematician Paolo Zellini.

18Marc Mastrangelo is Associate Professor and Chair of Classical Studies at the Dickinson College. He has written on Socrates, Plato, Sophocles, and the fourth-century Christian poet Prudentius. He is an editor and contributor to The Unknown Socrates (2002) and is the author of The Roman Self in Late Antiquity: Prudentius and the Poetics of the Soul (2008).

19Gabrijela Mecky Zaragoza received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Toronto in 2005. For her work on Judith, she was awarded both Canada’s Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal (2005) and the Women in German Dissertation Prize (2006). In 2007–2008, she has held lecturer positions at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at the University of Toronto. She is currently working on a critical edition of little known eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German texts on the conquest of Mexico.

20John Nassichuk is associate Professor of French Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interests include Renaissance literature, poetics, aesthetics, and Latin erotic literature from the Quattro-cento. He recently published ”Le couronnement de Judith, représentation littéraire au xvie siècle d’une héroïne deutérocanonique” (2008) and conducted a graduate seminar in the department of French on Judith in the medieval French canon. Author of many chapters in books and scholarly articles, in 2005 Professor Nassichuk co-authored, with Perrine Galand-Hallyn, L’Amour conjugal dans la poésie latine de la Renaissance (2005).

21Jann Pasler, Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego, has recently published Writing through Music: Essays on Music, Culture, and Politics (2008) and Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France (2009). Currently she is working on another book, Music, Race, and Colonialism in Fin-de siècle France. Her article, ”The Utility of Musical Instruments in the Racial and Colonial Agendas of Late Nineteenth-Century France,” Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2004), won the Colin Slim award from the American Musicological Society for the best article in 2005 by a senior scholar.

22Barbara Schmitz’s main research interest is on Jewish texts from the Hellenistic-Roman times. She wrote her PhD thesis on the function of prayer and speech in the Book of Judith and is currently working on a commentary on the Book of Judith for the series Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament. Her most recent book is on the Book of Kings. She is full professor of Old Testament Studies at the Universität Dortmund.

23Michael Terry is curator of the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library and the organizer of a number of exhibitions, including The Hebrew Renaissance – chiefly about the ”rediscovery” of Jewish literature in sixteenth- to seventeenth-century Europe – at the Newberry Library in Chicago and Jewes in America – chiefly about seventeenth- to eighteenth-century notions regarding Jews and destiny – at The New York Public Library. His Reader’s Guide to Judaism received the National Jewish Book Award.

24Susan Weingarten is an archaeologist and historian in the research team of the Sir Isaac Wolfson Chair for Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel. After publishing The Saint’s Saints: Hagiography and Geography in Jerome (2005), she decided to move from ascetic Christianity to Jewish food. She has just finished a book on haroset, the Jewish Passover food and is working on her major project, ”Food in the Talmud.” The Judith project has led her to a new interest in medieval European Hanukkah food.


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