This book studies the rich repository of Latin American Jewish literature, exploring the issues of vanishing traditions along with the subject of assimilation and acculturation. It places in sharp relief the Jewish contribution to the Latin American literary boom. An important aspect of this study is an examination of the contributions of women authors to this field. It studies Jewish life in communities that are little known in either the Jewish or non-Jewish world, worlds unique within the diaspora experience. The book contains critical essays by internationally renowned scholars, along with in-depth interviews with major writers. Contributors include Regina Igel, Florinda Goldberg, Robert DiAntonio, Leonardo Senkman, Naomi Lindstrom, David Foster, Edna Aizenberg, Nora Glickman, Lois Bara, Judith Morganroth Schneider, Murray Baumgarten, Flor Schiminovich, Sandra Cypess, Edward Friedman, Ilan Stavans, Jacobo Sefarmi, and Mario A. Rojas.
Robert DiAntonio is in the Department of Foreign Languages at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Nora Glickman is Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Queens College.
"This is an excellent collection of essays that spans contemporary Latin American Jewish literature. It offers solid insights into the works of some of the leading authors that are known for their treatment of the Latin American Jewish experience; at the same time, it does not neglect the presence of less well-known authors. Nora Glickman's Introduction provides a superb forum for writers to respond to the questions that are at the core of 'tradition and innovation. ' "— Saúl Sosnowski, University of Maryland at College Park