Dr. Jonathan Stavsky

Jonathan Stavsky
Mandel Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies Mandel Building Mt. Scopus Jerusalem 9190501

Jonathan Stavsky graduated with a PhD in English from the Hebrew University in January 2014. His dissertation on Righteous Women on Trial in Medieval English and European Literature was awarded the Schlomiuk Prize. Jonathan spent the academic year of 2013–2014 as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on Chaucer's reception in fifteenth-century English poetry, as well as on the biblical poetics of John Gower's Mirour de l'omme. Since October 2014, Jonathan has been a postdoctoral fellow at Mandel Scholion; he also teaches a seminar on Chaucer and Intertextuality at the Department of English. His main research project examines the complex of arguments used by the Fathers of the Church to define the biblical text and the community of readers it brings together in contrast to pagan, apocryphal, or Jewish "fables” and those who tell them. It then analyzes medieval conceptions of literary and historical writing in light of these categories in order better to understand how authors of various backgrounds related to Scripture. In addition, Jonathan is currently preparing a critical edition and translation of the Middle English romance Le Bone Florence of Rome while developing parts of his dissertation into a book on the reception history of Susanna and the Elders from the Additions to the Book of Daniel.