The first biography of the Jewish poet and polemicist Sarra Copia Sulam situates her in the tradition of women’s writing in Venice and explores her rise and fall as a public intellectual in the tumultuous world of the city’s presses.
Lynn Lara Westwater is an associate professor of Italian in the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University.
Maria Galli Stampino, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami:
"As we expand the geographical span of early modernity, this monograph reminds us that we still have plenty to uncover when it comes to diverse voices in what seem to be the most studied areas. Sarra Copia Sulam’s life, salon, and works are one of these ‘blind spots,’ and Westwater’s book fills a lacuna that many did not even know existed."
Gerry Milligan, Department of World Languages and Literatures, College of Staten Island (CUNY):
"The first comprehensive English-language biography of Sarra Copia Sulam, this book effectively argues that Copia Sulam merits our attention for her exceptional life as well as for her literary achievements. Westwater provides a compelling and well-researched narrative, artfully placing Copia Sulam’s writings within the context of her life as well as within the contemporary debates surrounding theology and gender. Readers will be fascinated by the biography of an extraordinary person as well as by the descriptions of Jewish culture in Italy at the beginning of the seventeenth century."