New Book. The Poet and the World. Festschrift for Wout van Bekkum on the Occasion of his Sixty-fifth Birthday
A collection of seventeen essays on pre-modern Hebrew poetry in honor of Wout van Bekkum, on the occasion of his 65th birthday, by the Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium, which convenes under the auspices of the EAJS. The articles in this volume all seek to examine how the religious, cultural, and social context in which the poet functioned impacted on and is visible, either explicitly or more elliptically, in their poetical oeuvre. For this purposes a broad understanding of “world” has been accepted, including both the natural world and the constructed one (society, culture, language) as well as the spiritual and emotional world. History, yet another pillar of the man-made constructed world, has been used to determine the boundaries: from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, and—in instances where the topic connects to older traditions—to Early Modern Judaism, i.e. pre-modern Hebrew (and Aramaic) poetry.
IX, 339 pages, including a biography and full bibliography of Wout van Bekkum, indices.