Bovo d’Antona by Elye Bokher. A Yiddish Romance

A Critical Edition with Commentary


Bovo d'Antona by Elye Bokher (Elyiahu ben Asher haLevi Ashkenazi, 1469-1549) is a chivalry poem written in Yiddish in Padoa, in the year 1507, and printed under the author's supervision in Isny (Germany) in the year 1541. The present book intends to present a critical edition of this poem, together with a commentary. An introduction will focus on various related questions, such as the place of the Bovo d'Antona in European literature and in Italian literature, Bovo d'Antona and the chivalric genre in Old Yiddish literature, the analysis of the manuscript versions in comparison with the printed edition, the relationship with the Italian source and the readership. An appendix will deal with later transformations of the Bovo-Bukh.

"Bovo Bukh is an excellent example of the relationship between romances and folktales,and Rosenzweigʼs introduction and edition of this important early Yiddish text will be appreciated by scholars of early Modern literature and folk narrative." - Dr. David Elton Gay, Indiana University, in: Fabula 59:1-2 (2018)

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Claudia Rosenzweig, Ph.D, is a Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University (Ramat Gan). She researches Yiddish Literature in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern.
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1. Preface
2. Introduction
2.1. Eliyahu ben Asher HaLevi Ashkenazi: His life and works
2.2. Bovo d’Antona in European literature in general and in Italian literature
2.3. Bovo d’Antona in Old Yiddish literature
3. Text with commentary
4. Appendix: Later transformations of the Bovo d’Antona: 17th–20th centuries
For all those interested in Ashkenazi culture and Yiddish literature in the Renaissance. Students, scholars, and libraries.