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Sephardism: Spanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination

Yael Halevi-Wise


This book defines Sephardism not as an expression of Sephardic identity but as a politicized literary metaphor. Since the nineteenth century, this metaphor has occurred with extraordinary frequency in works by authors from a variety of ethnicities, religions, and nationalities in Europe, the Americas, North Africa, Israel, and even India. This book asks why Gentile and Jewish writers and cultural figures have chosen to draw upon the medieval Sephardic experience to express their concerns about dissidents and minorities in modern nations. To what extent does their use of Sephardism overlap with ... More

Keywords: Sephardism, dissidents, minorities, orientalism, hispanism, medievalism, Jewish Studies, Hispanic Studies, Sephardic Studies, historical fictions

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804777469
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804777469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yael Halevi-Wise, editor

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Part I The Problem of National Particularism in German, English, and French Literature on the Jews of Spain

Part II Jews and Hispanics Meet Again: Latin American Revisions of Judeo-Spanish Relations

Part III Between Israel and Spain

Part IV Postmodern Reimaginings of Sepharad in Francophone, Latina, and Other Transnational Literatures


Yael Halevi-Wise

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