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Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic
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Identity, family, and community unite three autobiographical texts by New World crypto-Jews, or descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity in 17th-century Iberia and Spanish America. Ronnie Perelis presents the fascinating stories of three men who were caught within the matrix of inquisitorial persecution, expanding global trade, and the network of crypto-Jewish activity. Each text, reflects the unique experiences of the author and illuminates their shared, deeply rooted attachment to Iberian culture, their Atlantic peregrinations, and their hunger for spiritual enlightenment. Through these writings, Perelis focuses on the social history of transatlantic travel, the economies of trade that linked Europe to the Americas, and the physical and spiritual journeys that injected broader religious and cultural concerns into this complex historical moment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Audience and Archive: Text, Context, and the Literary Construction of Experience
  2. pp. 10-30
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  1. 2. “Hermanos en el Señor”: Spiritual and Social Fraternity and Paternity in Luis de Carvajal the Younger’s Spiritual Autobiography (New Spain, 1595)
  2. pp. 31-51
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  1. 3. A Prophetic Matrix: Motherhood, Sorority, and a Reimagined Sagrada Familia
  2. pp. 52-73
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  1. 4. Writing His Way into the Jewish People: Faith, Blood, and Community in Manuel Cardoso de Macedo’s Vida del buenaventurado Abraham Pelengrino
  2. pp. 74-97
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  1. 5. “All of Us Are Brothers”: Race, Faith, and the Limits of Brotherhood in the Relación of Antonio de Montezinos, alias Aharon Levi (1644)
  2. pp. 98-120
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 121-124
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 125-158
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-178
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