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Suppressed Voices

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Tiferet Bahurim is committed to the creation of new norms and trends not only because, this work is intended for a defined audience known to the author. Important dimensions of the discussion familiar to the author and his potential readers related to local traditions regarding eros and sexual behavior, are clearly oppressed. These include philosophy, medical practice or folk and scholarly witchcraft, erotic patterns between young men and women before marriage, texts written by older men and pervaded by direct and blunt sexual references, and finally, writings partly addressed to women. This chapter discusses the detailed analysis of these suppressed voices. Erotic behavior of married partners, or those about to be married, is a recurring theme in the cultural discourse of Italian Jews at the end of the Middle Ages and in the early modern period. Strong misogynous attitudes appear frequently in the contemporary literature of Italian Jewish communities.

Keywords: erotic behavior; Italian Jewish communities; suppressed voices; Tiferet Bahurim



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