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Jewish Languages And Jewish Characters In Giovan Battista Andreini'S Lo Schiavetto

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Giovan Battista Andreini's comedy Lo schiavetto is an ambiguous and ambivalent text which leaves open a most fundamental question: what was Andreine's objective in writing it? Focusing on Lo Schiavetto, this chapter offers additional considerations regarding the Jewish characters, and examines the Jewish words and phrases that appear in the text. Leon, Sensale, Caino and Scemoel are the names of the Jewish characters. Whilst the first three names appear insignificant, aside perhaps from Caino, which resonates with negative connotations, the name Scemoel arouses greater interest. Four variant names are in fact applied to the same character: Scemoel, Scimison, Salomon, and Simon, though in all other aspects the character remains undifferentiated from the other Jews.

Keywords: Caino; Giovan Battista Andreini; Jewish characters; Leon; Lo schiavetto; Salomon; Scemoel; Scimison; Sensale; Simon



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