2021: Miriamne Ara Krummel, Milestone Book Selection

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2021: Miriamne Ara Krummel, Milestone Book Selection

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Year of Recognition

2021

Recognition

Promotion to the rank of Professor, Department of English

Book Selection

Jews of Medieval England, by Michael Adler

Why the honoree chose the book

I never intended to become a medievalist who did Jewish studies; I came to graduate school interested in working in rhetoric and composition. Forced to take a medieval literature course, I enrolled in a class about Geoffrey Chaucer and was introduced to his work in Middle English for the first time through The Riverside Chaucer. Toward the end of the semester, I read Chaucer's "The Prioress's Tale" and discovered that there was medieval antisemitism (not just the anti-Jewish hate in the 20th century). Chaucer's tale made me realize what my dissertation would deal with, but Charles Reznikoff's The Lionhearted: A Story about the Jews in Medieval England and Michael Adler's incredibly detailed and well-researched book Jews of Medieval England encouraged me to grow into the scholar of medieval Jewish studies that I have become.

2021: Miriamne Ara Krummel, Milestone Book Selection

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