The Jewish Ghetto and the Visual Imagination of Early Modern Venice
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- Author: Dana E. Katz, Reed College, Oregon
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Dana E. Katz examines the Jewish ghetto of Venice as a paradox of urban space. In 1516, the Senate established the ghetto on the periphery of the city and legislated nocturnal curfews to reduce the Jews' visibility in Venice. Katz argues that it was precisely this practice of marginalization that put the ghetto on display for Christian and Jewish eyes. According to her research, early modern Venetians grounded their conceptions of the ghetto in discourses of sight. Katz's unique approach demonstrates how Venice's Jewish ghetto engaged the sensory imagination of its inhabitants in complex and contradictory ways that both shaped urban space and reshaped Christian-Jewish relations.Read more
- Presents a new approach to the urban spaces of Venice by exploring the influence of the Jewish ghetto
- Situates the study of ghetto architecture in the context of the senses, particularly seeing and touching
- Offers a study of Venetian architecture that goes beyond the sumptuousness of Renaissance palaces
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'In this original and beautifully illustrated book, Katz dissects the ghetto’s architecture and visual appearance to understand how space and sight structured Jewish life and Jewish-Christian relations in early modern Venice.' Flora Cassen, H-Judaic
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- Date Published: August 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316730843
- contains: 40 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
1. Margins as laboratories of urban planning
2. Enclosures as topographies of vision
3. Windows as sites of visual disturbance
4. Walls as boundaries of the night
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