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The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations

A Bilingual Edition and Commentary

Lily Kahn

£45.00

ISBN: 9781911307990

Publication: July 18, 2017

This first bilingual edition and analysis of the earliest Shakespeare plays translated into Hebrew – Isaac Edward Salkinson’s Ithiel the Cushite of Venice (Othello) and Ram and Jael (Romeo and Juliet) – offers a fascinating and unique perspective on global Shakespeare. Differing significantly from the original English, the translations are replete with biblical, rabbinic, and medieval Hebrew textual references and reflect a profoundly Jewish religious and cultural setting. The volume includes the full text of the two Hebrew plays alongside a complete English back-translation with a commentary examining the rich array of Hebrew sources and Jewish allusions that Salkinson incorporates into his work. The edition is complemented by an introduction to the history of Jewish Shakespeare reception in Central and Eastern Europe; a survey of Salkinson’s biography including discussion of his unusual status as a Jewish convert to Christianity; and an overview of his translation strategies. The book makes Salkinson’s pioneering work accessible to a wide audience, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in multicultural Shakespeare, translation studies, the development of Modern Hebrew literature, and European Jewish history and culture.  

Praise for The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations

'Kahn's background, particularly her expertise in Hebrew linguistics and philology, allows her to move fluently between Salkinson's distinct layers of Hebrew in a way that many modern Hebrew readers no longer can.'
Journal of Jewish Studies

Lily Kahn is Reader in Hebrew and Jewish Languages at UCL. Her main research areas are Hebrew in Eastern Europe, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages. Her publications include The Verbal System in Late Enlightenment Hebrew (2009), Colloquial Yiddish (2012), The Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew (2014), A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale (2015), Handbook of Jewish Languages (co-edited with Aaron Rubin, 2016) and North Sámi: An Essential Grammar (with Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi, 2017).

 Introduction

1. The historical and literary background to the first Hebrew Shakespeare translations

2. Isaac Edward (Eliezer) Salkinson’s life and works  

3. Salkinson’s Shakespeare translations
 3.1 Publication and reception
 3.2 Translation style
  3.2.1 Domestication
   3.2.1.1 Names
   3.2.1.2 Christian references
   3.2.1.3 Classical mythology
   3.2.1.4 Other non- Jewish cultural elements
   3.2.1.5 Shibbu ṣ
   3.2.1.6 Foreign- language material
  3.2.2 Poetry  
  3.2.3 Hebrew language
 3.3 Salkinson’s source text edition

4. This edition of Ithiel the Cushite of Venice and Ram and Jael
 4.1 The Hebrew text
 4.2 The English back- translation
 4.3 The commentary

Ithiel the Cushite of Venice


 Preface
 Letter from the translator to the publisher
 The names of the speakers  
First Part
Second Part
Third Part 
Fourth Part 
Fifth Part 

Ram and Jael 


Letter to the translator 
 Message from the translator
 The names of the speakers
First Part
Second Part
Third Part  
Fourth Part
Fifth Part 

References 

'Kahn's background, particularly her expertise in Hebrew linguistics and philology, allows her to move fluently between Salkinson's distinct layers of Hebrew in a way that many modern Hebrew readers no longer can.'
  Journal of Jewish Studies

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

550 Pages

ISBN: 9781911307990

Publication: July 18, 2017

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