Fearless Females Lecture

“Lilith: She-Devil in the Garden of Eden”

Presented by Dr. Sharonah Fredrick
Assistant Director, ACMRS

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ 85283
Free and open to the public

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About the Program
This lecture will focus on the controversial, mythical figure of Lilith: her roots in the Judeo-Spanish writings of the Cabalah, her appearance in the earlier Hebrew-Aramaic commentaries of the Talmud, and her constant and unnerving apparitions in literatures as far-flung as Northern Europe, Arabia, and the Americas. We will trace the pathway of Lilith from the few mentions of her, direct and indirect, in the Old Testament and her flowering as Adam’s first wife/she-devil/repository of erotic fantasies in late medieval Spain. Her place in English and French literature, her demonization and eventual redemption in the Early Modern and contemporary literature of the Americas, will also be explored. The relation between Jewish and Christian mysticism, non-canonic vampire legends, and the world of medieval and Early Modern folklore will flesh out this controversial, mythical figure, who continues to provoke theological and gender debates wherever she is mentioned.

About Sharonah Fredrick
Sharonah Fredrick joined ACMRS as its full-time Assistant Director in May 2014. She earned her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at Stony Brook University and her research focuses on the impact of the Early Modern Period in Latin America and on the effects of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests on the Native American peoples and on Africans in the New World. She is particularly interested in the manifestations of Pre-Columbian religion in epics authored in Latin America in the 16th-18th centuries, and issues of cultural survival and religious syncretism. Sharonah speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English, with some Arabic as well. She also enjoys exploring the world of Celtic pre-Christian myth, and the medieval literature of Sephardic Jewish culture, both before and after the 1492 expulsion, in Spain and the New World. Sharonah has an Ph.D in Latin American Colonial and Indigenous Literature from SUNY Stony Brook, an MA in Renaissance and Medieval History from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA in Latin American Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and a TEFL English Teaching Certificate from the International TEFL Teachers Consortium (ITTO) in Guadalajara, Mexico.