Sara Lipton

Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Yale University, 1991)
Curriculum Vitae
SBS N-301
Research Interests
My work focuses on religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and art and culture in the high Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries). I am interested in the relationship between formal knowledge and lived experience, particularly as manifested in the interplay of text and image, and as mediated through the figure of the Jew. I am currently working on two projects. The first, entitled "Dark Mirror: Jews, Vision, and Witness, 1000-1500, to be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in 2011 or 2012, examines how changes in Christian devotion and epistemology affected the visual representation of the Jew. It seeks to explain the sudden appearance of the iconographically identifiable Jew around the year 1080 and bring theoretical coherence to the dizzying proliferation of images of Jews in subsequent centuries. The second, entitled Art, Preaching, and Piety in the High Middle Ages (1150-1300) explores why and to what effect Christendom invested so much in worshiping the ineffable Word through the material thing.
Scholarly Works

“Unfeigned Witness: Jews, Matter, and Vision in Twelfth-Century Christian Art,” Judaism and Christian Art, ed. David Nirenberg and Herbert Kessler (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, in press).

“The Jew’s Face: Identity, Art, and Vision,” Late Medieval Jewish Identities, ed. Carmen Caballero Navas and Esperanza Alfonso (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in press).

“Images in the World: Reading the Crucifixion,” in Medieval Christianity in Practice, ed. Miri Rubin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009), pp. 173-188.

“Images and their Uses” in The Cambridge History of Christianity: Christianity in Western Europe c. 1000 - c.1500, ed. Miri Rubin and Walter Simons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 254-283.

“Where are the Jewish Women? On the Non-Iconography of the Jewess in the Cantigas de Santa Maria,” Jewish History 22 (2008): 139-177.

“Monastery Chic: The ascetic retreat in a neo-liberal age,” Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism, ed. Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk (New York: The New Press, 2007), pp. 241-50.

“The Sweet Lean of His Head: Writing about Looking at the Crucifix in the High Middle Ages,” Speculum 80:4 (2005): 1172-1208.

Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible Moralisee (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999). (Winner, John Nicholas Brown Prize for Best First Book; Finalist, Koret Jewish History Book Prize)