Books

Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy

        David Ruderman and Giuseppe Veltri (eds.), Cultural Intermediaries: Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004 Focusing on an epoch of spectacular demographic,…

Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz

        Millicent Marcus, Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz, University of Toronto Press, 2007 The last decade has witnessed an outpouring of Italian films that deal…

The Jews of early modern Venice

        Robert C. Davis and Benjamin Ravid, eds., The Jews of early modern Venice, John Hopkins University Press, 2001 John K. Brackett (Department of History, University of…

Theater of Acculturation

        Kenneth Stow, Theater of Acculturation: The Roman Ghetto in the Sixteenth Century, University of Washington Press, 2001 When Pope Paul IV closed the Roman Ghetto in…

The Volterra Chronicles

        Judith Goldstein, The Volterra Chronicles: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Mathematician 1860-1940, American Mathematical Society, 2007 The life of Vito Volterra, one of the…

Under His Very Windows

        Susan Zuccotti, Under His Very Windows, Yale University Press, 2000 Winner of the 2000 National Jewish Book Award in the Jewish-Christian Relations category, awarded by the…

October 16, 1943, Eight Jews

        Giacomo Debenedetti, October 16, 1943: Eight Jews, University of Notre Dame Press, 2001 Debenedetti (1901-1967), one of Italy’s most influential literary critics, editors and literature professors,…

Marriage Rituals Italian Style

        Roni Weinstein, Marriage Rituals Italian Style, Brill Academic Publishers, 2003 Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews is the first…

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

        Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Everyman’s Library, 2005 “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is first and foremost a love story and on quite a different…

In Praise of Imperfection

Rita Levi Montalcini, In Praise of Imperfection: My Life and Work, Sloan Catering Foundation Science Series, 1988 “This memoir, by one of the world’s most prominent scientific investigators of the…