Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Having been trained as a Romance philologist, I would have never turned to history had I not met Steven Zipperstein who, aside from encouraging me, offered an exceptional opportunity to immerse myself in Jewish studies for which I am profoundly grateful to him. My full and joyful ...

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Note on Translation, Transcription, Proper Names, and Dates

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pp. xi-2

All translations in this book, unless otherwise indicated, are mine. The Bible is quoted from the New Revised Standard Version.
In transcribing Ladino, I use the system adopted by the periodical Aki Yerushalayim with one difference: the letter yod representing the consonantal ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-20

This book is the first study of the three forms of modern Ladino cultural production—the press, belles lettres, and theater—in their unity as a single cultural phenomenon produced by Sephardi Jews in the late Ottoman period. Having no counterparts in previous epochs, these three genres emerged ...

Part 1. The Press

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pp. 21-22

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1. The Emergence of Modern Cultural Production in Ladino

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pp. 23-74

The press was the earliest and the most influential form of modern Ladino print culture. Alongside European-style schools, it served as an essential medium for the westernization of Ottoman Jewry. Furthermore, it brought into existence Ladino belles lettres and played a crucial role in ...

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2. The Press in Salonica: A Case Study

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pp. 75-136

The case of Salonica is unique in that, from the end of the 1520s through the early twentieth century, Jews formed a majority, or at least half, of the city’s population. Already in 1519, more than 53 percent of the households (i.e., roughly 15,000 people) in Salonica were ...

Part 2. Belles Lettres

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pp. 137-138

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3. The Serialized Novel as Rewriting

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pp. 139-165

Sarah Stein’s insightful analysis of the advertisements for fashions and cosmetics, as well as dietary recommendations and the pictures found in Ladino periodicals reveals the immense role of indirect means of westernization, which functioned as such regardless of the journalists’ ...

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4. Ladino Fiction: Case Studies

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pp. 166-192

In this chapter, I will examine by means of close reading seven Ladino novels produced by four Sephardi literati in the first quarter of the twentieth century, by which time the genre had been fully developed and was blooming. We know the names of three of these rewriters: ...

Part 3. Theater

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pp. 193-194

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5. Sephardi Theater: Project and Practice

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pp. 195-225

Sephardi Theater is one of the least documented and least studied sociocultural practices in the lives of Ottoman Jews. Since the extant memoirs hardly, if at all, mention it,1 the only available source of information on Sephardi Theater is the Ladino press, which played an exceptional role ...

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6. Ladino Drama: Case Studies

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pp. 226-238

In this chapter, I will examine five Ladino plays that belong to different genres—comedy, high drama, and thriller—and combine elements of instruction and entertainment in varying proportions. The rewriter of ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 239-244

The history of Ladino print culture, still to be written from this perspective, is a story of intentional ruptures and fresh starts prompted by new social needs and perceived educational goals.1 The nineteenth century witnessed its last beginning, the birth and flourishing of modern Ladino ...

Notes

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pp. 245-276

Index

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pp. 277-285