1st Edition

Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    This innovative volume offers fresh perspectives and directions on the intersection of Hispanic and Jewish studies. It shows how 'Jewishness' has played a crucial role in Spanish political, social, and cultural developments in the modern era, exploring the effects of the multiple material and symbolic absences of Jews and Judaism from modern Spanish society. The book considers the haunting presence that this absence has entailed. Contributors analyze the different and contradictory ways in which Spain as a nation has tried to come to terms with its Jewish memory and with Jews from the nineteenth century to the present: José Amador de los Ríos’ efforts to incorporate 'Jewishness' into the canon of Spanish national literature and history; the emergence in the mid-nineteenth century of the figure of the Jewish conspirator who seeks to foment revolutionary unrest in novels from Spain, Italy and France; the development of philosephardism and its interconnections with anti-Semitism, Spanish fascism and colonial ambitions at the turn of the twentieth century; the instrumentalization of the Spanish Jewish past during the Second Republic; the role of philosemitism in the development of Catalan nationalism; and the relationship between the memory of Sepharad and Holocaust commemoration in contemporary Spain.

    This book is based on a special issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

    1. Introduction: Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era Daniela Flesler, Tabea Alexa Linhard and Adrián Pérez Melgosa

    2. Amador de los Ríos and the Beginnings of Modern Jewish Studies in Spain Andrew Bush

    3. The Narrative Work of the Jewish Conspirator in Mid-Nineteenth Century European Literature Lou Charnon-Deutsch

    4. Reconquering "Sepharad": Hispanism and Proto-Fascism in Giménez Caballero's Sephardist Crusade Michal Friedman

    5. "Spaniards of the Jewish Type": Philosephardism in the Service of Imperialism in Early Twentieth-Century Spanish Morocco Isabelle Rohr

    6. The Second Republic, the Jews and the Uses of the Past Tabea Alexa Linhard

    7. On Universalist Particularism: The Catalans and the Jews Edgar Illas

    8. The Voids of Sepharad: The Memory of the Holocaust in Spain Alejandro Baer


    Daniela Flesler is Associate Professor of Spanish at SUNY Stony Brook, USA. She specializes in Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Cultural Studies, with a focus on issues of transnationalism and the construction of national identities. Previous publications include The Return of the Moor: Moroccan Immigration in Contemporary Spain (2008).

    Tabea Alexa Linhard is Associate Professor of Spanish and International and Area Studies at Washington University, USA. Her research interests cover contemporary Peninsular and Mexican literature and cultural studies. Previous publications include Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War (2005).

    Adrián Pérez Melgosa is Assistant Professor of Spanish at SUNY Stony Brook, USA. He specialises in Contemporary Hispanic Cultural Studies. Other publications include Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect (2012).