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SephardismSpanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination$
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Yael Halevi-Wise

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804777469

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804777469.001.0001

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Sephardic Identity and Its Discontents

Sephardic Identity and Its Discontents

The Novels of A. B. Yehoshua

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(p.189) Eight Sephardic Identity and Its Discontents
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Sephardism
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Bernard Horn

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804777469.003.0009

The idea of sephardism is used as a lens through which ideological questions regarding the formation of modern nationalism can be addressed. This methodology takes into account the identity of non-Sephardim instead of focusing only on the identity of Sephardic Jews themselves or how Sephardic identity shapes overall Jewish identity. In order to understand this critical approach to Sepharad as a methodological platform, this chapter looks at the fiction of A. B. Yehoshua. It first examines the boundaries and implications of a twentieth-century national Jewish identity that formed itself against a variety of Others, non-Jews as well as a doubled Jewish Other. It then explores how authors and critics of Hebrew literature have approached its Sephardic dimension largely on the basis of a binary ethnic determinism.

Keywords:   Sepharad, sephardism, Sephardic identity, Hebrew literature, A. B. Yehoshua, ethnic determinism, nationalism, Sephardic Jews, non-Sephardim, Jewish identity

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