Homeless Tongues

Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora

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  • 9780804760119
  • 9780804797498

This book examines a group of multicultural Jewish poets to address the issue of multilingualism within a context of minor languages and literatures, nationalism, and diaspora. It introduces three writers working in minor or threatened languages who challenge the usual consensus of Jewish literature: Algerian Sadia Lévy, Israeli Margalit Matitiahu, and Argentine Juan Gelman. Each of them—Lévy in French and Hebrew, Matitiahu in Hebrew and Ladino, and Gelman in Spanish and Ladino—expresses a hybrid or composite Sephardic identity through a strategic choice of competing languages and intertexts. Monique R. Balbuena's close literary readings of their works, which are mostly unknown in the United States, are strongly grounded in their social and historical context. Her focus on contemporary rather than classic Ladino poetry and her argument for the inclusion of Sephardic production in the canon of Jewish literature make Homeless Tongues a timely and unusual intervention.

  • Stanford University Press; July 2016
  • ISBN 9780804797498
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  • Title: Homeless Tongues
  • Author: Monique Balbuena
  • Imprint: Stanford University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780804760119
  • 9780804797498

In The Press

"A splendid work that will be a fascinating read for all those who are interested in Jewish literatures and languages and in poetology."

About The Author

Monique Rodrigues Balbuena is Associate Professor of Literature in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780804760119
  • 9780804797498