The Memory Work of Jewish Spain by Daniela Flesler, Adrián Pérez Melgosa
Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies
The 2015 law granting Spanish nationality to the descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 is the latest example of a widespread phenomenon in contemporary Spain, the “re-discovery” of its Jewish heritage.
In The Memory Work of Jewish Spain, Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez Melgosa examine the implications of reclaiming this memory through the analysis of a comprehensive range of emerging cultural practices, political initiatives and institutions in the context of the long history of Spain’s ambivalence towards its Jewish past.
Through oral interviews, analyses of museums, newly reconfigured “Jewish quarters,” excavated Jewish sites, popular festivals, tourist brochures, literature and art, The Memory Work of Jewish Spain explores what happens when these initiatives are implemented at the local level in cities and towns throughout Spain, and how they affect Spain’s present.
Year first published: 2020