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Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature: Jewish Cultural Production Before and After 1492. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.
The year 1492 has long divided the study of Sephardic culture into two distinct periods, before and after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. David A. Wacks examines the works of Sephardic writers from the 13th to the 16th centuries and shows that this literature was shaped by two interwoven experiences of diaspora: first from the Biblical homeland Zion and later from the ancestral hostland, Sefarad. Jewish in Spain and Spanish abroad, these writers negotiated Jewish, Spanish, and diasporic idioms to produce a uniquely Sephardic perspective. Wacks brings Diaspora Studies into dialogue with medieval and early modern Sephardic literature for the first time.
David Wacks’s study is groundbreaking for its pioneering scope and poignant analysis. Through the critical lens of a ‘double diaspora’ Wacks sheds new light on the themes of expulsion and redemption in works by some of the most important medieval Spanish Jewish authors in the post-Zion Iberian exile such as Moses Maimonides and Judah Halevi. Wacks also leads the field of Sephardic Studies in a new direction by casting his critical eye on texts by lesser known Jewish writers, including the kabbalist Joseph Karo, living in a second exile from post-1492 Spain. —Gregory B. Kaplan, University of Tennessee
David Wacks’s elegant monograph bridges the divide between Hebraists and Hispanists, medievalists and early modernists, with conceptual sophistication and substantive insights. It makes, indeed, a compelling case for the analytic viability of “double diaspora” in the literary history of Sephardic Jews and the inscription of Hispano-Jewish literature in the Weltliteratur canon. An important contribution and a superb read. —Luis M. Girón Negrón, Harvard University
Professor David Wacks will lead a summer study abroad program in Oviedo, Spain in August of 2014. The Advanced Spanish Literature & Culture program is ideal for Spanish majors who like to have an intensive immersion experience while making significant progress toward the completion of their major requirements.
Students participating in this unique program will be able to satisfy SPAN 333 & SPAN 407 while abroad. For more information about the Oviedo program led by Professor Wacks please visit the UO study abroad website:
or . . . contact Professor Wacks via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is March 15, 2014!
Please join us on Friday Nov. 1 (9:30am-5:15pm at the Knight Browsing Rm) and Saturday Nov. 2 (10am-5pm Jaqua Auditorium) for the Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies symposium. The symposium will feature 16 scholars, from all over the US and the UK, who will present their work on topics ranging from Transatlantic Memories and Displacements to Methodologies and Postcolonial Relations. The event is free and open to students, faculty, and members of the community.
You can view the abstracts and bios of all of the speakers on the Transatlantic Symposium Website: jsma.uoregon.edu/TransatlanticismSymposium
The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages; the Center for the Study of Women in Society; the Women of Color Project; the Center for Latino, Latina & Latin American Studies; the Latin American Studies Program; the European Studies Program; a Hispanex Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports; and the Idea Award from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon. I also want to add a special thanks to the Oregon Humanities Center for their support of the event. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Academic Support Grant also sponsored our symposium and related exhibition called Transatlanticisms.