Jerold Frakes

Jerold Frakes.

Jerold Frakes

Jerold Frakes

SUNY Distinguished Professor


Medieval literatures

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

Recent Essays

•  “Differential Racism: ‘Quadroons,’ Antisemitism, and the Negotiation of Race in Sidonie de La Houssaye’s Les quarteronnes de la Nouvelle-Orléans,” French Studies 74.4 (October 2020), 536-53.

• “Primo Levi’s Representation of Judeo-Piedmontese as a Jewish Language,” pp. 219-225 in: Judéité et Comparatisme: Études offertes à Astrid Starck-Adler par ses collègues et amis à l’occasion de son soixante-quinzième anniversaire. Eds. Danielle Buschinger and Roy Rosenstein. Amiens: Presses du Centre d’Études Médiévales de Picardie, 2019.

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.