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Jewish Literature and Latin America. Article excerpt

Jewish Literature and Latin America. Article excerpt

Magazine article Judaism: a Journal that is quarterly of Life and idea

BEFORE THE ENDURE QUARTER OF THIS TWENTIETH CENTURY

, scholarly attention in the Jewish communities for the Spanish- and Portuguese-language Americas had been scarce. That is surprising given the size of the population in your community: an overall total of around half a million Jews, with all the biggest levels can be found in Argentina and Brazil, with around 240,000 and 180,000 individuals correspondingly. The literature produced by this population is significant. In this specific article my objective is always to map several of its habits and motifs and also to think about a small number of writers, in specific a non-Jew: Jorge Luis Borges. I concern myself with problems such as for instance antisemitism and assimilation and devote the part that is latter of meditation towards the Holocaust. Your reader should be mindful that this certainly not can be an exhaustive analysis and that i have omitted some essential themes, for example, the part Ladino and Yiddish–and to an inferior degree Hebrew–played within the shaping for this canon, plus the relevance of Zionism in your community.

To know the alteration from eclipse to educational recognition of the literary works, it is vital that we describe the 3 major waves of immigration over the Atlantic Ocean: the crypto-Jewish within the colonial period; the Askhenazic between 1880 and 1930, with extra immigrations during the time of World War II; and also the Sephardic, from elements of the previous Ottoman Empire that began around 1880 and lasted in to the 1970s. (altro…)