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Bovo-Buch: Chivalric Romance, Cultural Collision
A three episode podcast series produced by theatre dybbuk, presented in collaboration with Judaism Unbound
Bovo-Buch is Elia Levita's 16th century Yiddish adaptation of the popular Italian chivalric romance Bovo d’Antona. The book was extremely popular among Jewish communities of the time, and is an example of the cultural convergence that occurs when a narrative is adapted into a new context. Our three episode podcast is a combination of scholarship around the book and its history – led by Erith Jaffe-Berg in conversation with Aaron Henne – and performed readings of the text by actors from theatre dybbuk.
The podcast is available on Judaism Unbound wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also connect to individual episodes through the links below.
This first episode focuses on the content of the book itself and the context within which it was created, illuminating the cultural forces at work in both the story and the society.
Episode two investigates the social roles of both the women in the story and its female readership as well as the sexual and gender dynamics present in the text.
Our final episode explores the book’s reach and popularity, as well as the problematic nature of its relationship to its Muslim characters, and the divisions among the Jewish communities of Northern Italy.
theatre dybbuk's next work, breaking protocols, explodes "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" – the notorious, fabricated document used to fuel and justify antisemitism – and will explore contemporary issues connected to racism, propaganda, and false narratives.