Bringing Meir b. Elijah of Norwich into the Classroom: Discovering a Medieval Minority Poet

  • Miriamne Ara Krummel
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter contextualizes the literary gestures made by a medieval English Jewish poet, Meir b. Elijah of Norwich, within a historical and cultural backdrop. Considering the 1275 Statute of Jewry and two medieval manuscript doodles in concert with Meir of Norwich’s poetry, “Bringing Meir of Norwich into the English Classroom” discusses in what ways three of Meir of Norwich’s piyyutim or liturgical poems—namely, “Put a Curse on My Enemy,” “On the Termination of Shabbat‚” and “Who Is Like You?”—resonate with the desire to be re-membered despite the 1290 Expulsion of the Jews of England. These piyyutim memorialize the (Jewish) self in a world of anti-Semitism, where all Jews—male and female, young and old—are subject to severe taxation and humiliating badging.

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  • Miriamne Ara Krummel
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA

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