Searching for Home: Henry Roth's Spanish American Turn
Abstract

Abstract:

This essay uncovers Henry Roth's unpublished–and largely forgotten–"marrano" manuscripts. Drafts of a novel and a play tell the story of a converso who escapes the Spanish Inquisition by posing as a conquistador. I argue both that Roth's engagement with Jewish Spanish America sheds light on his late-in-life Zionism, and also that his manuscripts provide a route into the broader function of Spain and Spanish America in the Jewish American imaginary.