The Memory Work of Jewish Spain

The Memory Work of Jewish Spain

Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez Melgosa
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/08/2020
ISBN: 978-0-253-05011-3
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Recent surveys in Spain reveal that most Spaniards know little about the country's Jewish past, know no Jews, and in fact, have negative opinions about Jews in general. In The Memory Work of Jewish Spain, Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez Melgosa explore new trends and activities aimed at reclaiming and reconnecting with Spain's Jewish heritage. They examine how local and national organizations have funded educational activities, conferences, museum exhibitions, archaeological digs, and film festivals, as well as research into the Ladino language, in an attempt to spark interest in Spain's Jewish past and to promote Jewish tourism.

The Memory Work of Jewish Spain charts the landscape of reconstruction of Jewish space in Spain, how this space functions as part of its collective memory, and what these personal and national connections mean for the Jewish past and Spain's future.

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Daniela Flesler is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. She is author of The Return of the Moor: Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigration and editor (with Adrián Pérez Melgosa and Tabea A. Linhard) of Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era. Adrián Pérez Melgosa is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. He is author of Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Memory Work of Jewish Spain
1. The Long Journey of Sephardi Myths
2. Tourism and the Embracing of Spain’s Jewish Legacy
3. Loss, Rescue and Converso Dissonances at the Sephardi Museum of Toledo
4. Exhibiting Jewish Heritage at the Local and Regional Levels
5. Memory Entanglements: Hervás’ Jewish Inheritance and the Francoist Repression
6. Returns to Sepharad
Conclusion: Memory and the Future
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