Jewish Literature and Latin America. Article excerpt
Magazine article Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and idea
THROUGH TO THE CONTINUE QUARTER OF THIS TWENTIETH CENTURY
, scholarly attention on the Jewish communities associated with Spanish- and Portuguese-language Americas had been scarce. This really is surprising because of the size of the populace in the area: an overall total of around half a million Jews, using the largest levels found in Argentina and Brazil, with around 240,000 and 180,000 individuals correspondingly. The literary works created by this populace is significant. In this article my goal would be to map several of its habits and motifs and also to think on a few writers, in particular a non-Jew: Jorge Luis Borges. I concern myself with problems such as for example antisemitism and assimilation and devote the part that is latter of meditation to your Holocaust. The reader should really be conscious that this certainly not can be an exhaustive analysis and that i have overlooked some crucial themes, as an example, the part Ladino and Yiddish–and to a smaller level Hebrew–played when you look at the shaping with this canon, along with the relevance of Zionism in the area.