Jerold Frakes

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Office: 535 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0706
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Medieval literatures

Courses Taught

  • Medieval Epic
  • Courtly Lyric
  • Early Women’s Literature
  • Old English
  • Medieval Latin
  • Germanic Mythology

Selected Publications

Authored Books

The Fate of Fortune in the Early Middle Ages: The Boethian Tradition. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1987.

The Politics of Interpretation: Alterity and Ideology in Old Yiddish Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989.

Brides and Doom: Gender, Property and Power in Medieval German Women’s Epic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.

Vernacular and Latin Literary Discourses of the Muslim Other in Medieval Germany. New York: Palgrave, 2011.

The Emergence of Early Yiddish Literature: Cultural Translation in Ashkenaz. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

A Guide to Old Literary Yiddish. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Edited and Translated Books

• Walter Berschin. Griechisch-lateinisches Mittelalter: Von Hieronymus zu Nikolaus von Kues. Bern: Francke, 1980]. Revised ed. trans. JCF: Greek Letters and the Latin Middle Ages: from Jerome to Nicholas of Cusa. Washington: Catholic University Press, 1988.

Max Weinreich. Geschichte der jiddischen Sprachforschung. Ed. JCF. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993.

Early Yiddish Texts, 1100-1750, With Introduction and Commentary. Ed. JCF. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004; rev. ed. 2008.

• Jean Baumgarten. Introduction à la littérature yiddish ancienne. Paris: Cerf, 1993. Ed. and trans. JCF: Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

• Yiddish Literature Division [362 articles], ed. JCF, in Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd edition. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, editors-in-chief. 22 vols. New York: Macmillan, 2006.

The Cultural Study of Yiddish in Early Modern Europe. Ed. JCF. New York: Palgrave, 2007.

Between Two Worlds: Yiddish-German Encounters. Ed. JCF and Jeremy A. Dauber. Leuven: Peeters, 2009.

• Korkut Buğday. Osmanisch-Lehrbuch: Einführung in die Grundlagen der Literatursprache. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1999. Trans. JCF: The Routledge Introduction to Literary Ottoman. New York: Routledge, 2009.

• ירושלים ד’ליטא ־ די ײִדישע קולטור אין דער ליטע / Jerusalem of Lithuania: A Cultural History of Litvak Jewry. Ed. JCF. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011.

Contextualizing the Muslim Other in Medieval Christian Discourse. Ed. JCF. New York: Palgrave, 2011.

• Early Yiddish Epic. Trans. JCF. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014.

Die Vǫlsunga-Saga: Ausgabe, Übersetzung, Kommentar. Reihe Relectiones. [ed./trans. JCF and Matthias Teichert] Stuttgart: S. Hirzel, forthcoming.