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Michela Andreatta

Michela Andreatta joined the Department of Religion and Classics as lecturer in Hebrew in 2011.  She teaches courses in modern and biblical Hebrew, besides classes in Hebrew literature and Jewish history. Dr. Andreatta completed her PhD at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Turin in Italy with a dissertation on Latin translations of Hebrew philosophical works in the Renaissance. A specialist of the intellectual and literary history of Italian Jewry in the early modern period, she has lived, studied and conducted research in Israel for several years.

Dr. Andreatta has been the recipient of several post-doctoral research fellowships and grants from academic institutions in Europe, Israel, and the United States, among them University of Oxford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to University of Rochester she has taught at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

REL/JST 222: Jews in Italy: history, society, and culture

REL/JST 181: The “Other” in modern Hebrew literature

REL/JST 221: Land, language, and identity in modern Hebrew literature

HEB 110: Introductory Biblical Hebrew (starting Fall 2015)

HEB 101: Elementary modern Hebrew, I

HEB 102: Elementary modern Hebrew, II

HEB 103: Intermediate modern Hebrew, I

HEB 104: Intermediate modern Hebrew, II

HEB 204: Advanced Hebrew: Hebrew through media and literature

HEB 391: Supervised Hebrew teaching (Independent Study)

Selected Publications

Books:

Mošeh Zacuto, “L’inferno allestito” (Toftèh ‘arùkh). Poema di un rabbino del Seicento sull’oltretomba dei malvagi. Introduzione, traduzione con testo ebraico a fronte e note a cura di Michela Andreatta (Testi a fronte. Collana diretta da Giovanni Reale). Milan: Bompiani (forthcoming).

Gersonide, Commento al Cantico dei Cantici nella traduzione ebraico-latina di Flavio Mitridate. Edizione e commento del ms. Vat. Lat. 4273 (cc. 5r-54r) a cura di Michela Andreatta (Studi Pichiani, 14). Florence: L.S. Olschki, 2009, xiv-208.

Book chapters:

“The Persuasive Path: Giulio Morosini’s Derekh Emuna as a Conversion Narrative,” in Conversion from and to Judaism. Edited by Pawel Maciejko and Theodor Dunkelgrün. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (under review).

“Collecting Hebrew Epitaphs in the Early Modern Age: The Christian Hebraist as an Antiquarian,” in Reading Hebrew and Jewish Texts in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Scott Mandelbrote and Joanna Weinberg. Leiden-Boston: Brill (forthcoming).

“Tra la pagina e la pietra. Di due auto-epitaffi ebraici del rabbino veneziano Leon Modena (1571-1648),” in Le forme della presenza di ebrei e musulmani nell’Italia premoderna. Edited by Marina Caffiero and Serena di Nepi. Roma: Edizioni di storia e letteratura (forthcoming).

“Subverting Patronage in Translation: Flavius Mithridates, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Gersonides’ Commentary on Song of Songs,” in Patronage, Production and Transmission of Texts in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Cultures, 165-198. Edited by Esperanza Alfonso and Jonathan Decter. New York - Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

“Raccontare per persuadere: conversione e narrazione in Via della Fede di Giulio Morosini,” in Contributi di storia religiosa in onore di Pier Cesare Ioly Zorattini, 85-118. Edited by Maddalena del Bianco and Marcello Massenzio. Florence: L.S. Olschki, 2014.

 “Filosofia e cabbalà nel Commento al Cantico dei cantici di Levi ben Geršom tradotto in latino per Giovanni Pico della Mirandola,” in Pico e la cabbalà, 69-91. Edited by Fabrizio Lelli. Florence: L.S. Olschki, 2014.

 “The Printing of Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Italy: Prayer Books Printed for the Shomrim la-Boker Confraternities,” in The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy, 156-170. Edited by Joseph Hacker and Adam Shear. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

“L’epitaffio ebraico come genere letterario,” in Il giardino degli ebrei, 9-23. Edited by Annamaria Mortari and Claudia Bonora Previdi. Firenze: Giuntina, 2008.

Articles in Journals and Conference Proceedings:

“The Philosopher Who Weeps and the Philosopher Who Laughs: The Adaptation of a Classical Motif in Hebrew Comic Epitaphs” (in process).

“Hellish Poetry: Afterlife Journeys in Hebrew Literature Written in Italy” (in process).

“The Taste of Conviviality: A Poem on Food by Leon Modena (1571-1648),” Jewish Quarterly Review (article accepted).

With Saverio Campanini, “Bibliographia Mithridatica II,” in Flavio Mitridate mediatore fra culture nel contesto dell’ebraismo siciliano del XV secolo, Atti del II Congresso internazionale, Caltabellotta (Agrigento), 30 giugno - 1 luglio 2008), 289-317. Edited by Mauro Perani and Giacomo Corazzol. Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali, 2012.

With Saverio Campanini, “Bibliographia Mithridatica,” in Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada alias Flavio Mitridate. Un ebreo converso siciliano. Atti del convegno internazionale (Caltabellotta (Agrigento), 23-24 ottobre 2004), 241-257. Edited by Mauro Perani. Palermo: Officina di Studi medievali, 2008.

Encyclopedia Articles:

 “Italy, Hebrew in. (ii) Middle Ages,” Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (EHLL), vol. 2, 369-374. General Editor: Geoffrey Khan. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013.