Sephardic Amer­i­can Voic­es: Two Hun­dred Years of a Lit­er­ary Legacy

Diane Matza, ed.
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October 11, 2011
This col­lec­tion of sto­ries, poems, and plays by Amer­i­can Jews of Sephardic descent gives voice to a cul­ture pre­vi­ous­ly unheard in a lit­er­ary canon with a pre­dom­i­nant­ly East­ern Euro­pean and Ashke­naz­ic accent. Rep­re­sent­ing only five per­cent of US Jew­ish immi­grants, Sephardim have nec­es­sar­i­ly exist­ed on the mar­gins of Jew­ish and Amer­i­can life. Yet these Jews of Span­ish, Greek, and Mid­dle East­ern ori­gins have, as Diane Matza demon­strates, main­tained their eth­nic iden­ti­ty despite per­se­cu­tion, expul­sion, and pro­longed cul­tur­al insularity. 

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