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Music Libel Against the Jews

by Ruth Hacohen
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Pub Date: 2013
Format: Paperback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 507 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9780300194777
TB Code: 1905396
Availability: 115 in stock

This deeply imaginative and wide-ranging book shows how, since the first centuries of the Christian era, gentiles have associated Jews with noise. Ruth HaCohen focuses her study on a “musical libel"—a variation on the Passion story that recurs in various forms and cultures in which an innocent Christian boy is killed by a Jew in order to silence his “harmonious musicality.” In paying close attention to how and where this libel surfaces, HaCohen covers a wide swath of western cultural history, showing how entrenched aesthetic-theological assumptions have persistently defined European culture and its internal moral and political orientations.