• Translation in Diaspora: Sephardic Spanish-Hebrew translations in the sixteenth century

    Author(s):
    David Wacks (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, LLC Medieval Iberian, LLC Sephardic, Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, Literature, and Culture, Sephardi / Mizrahi Studies
    Subject(s):
    Colonial Latin American literature and culture, Hebrew literature, Medieval literature, Spanish language
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    early modern studies, medieval Hebrew literature, Medieval Iberian Literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M63P5V
    Abstract:
    In this essay, I discuss three Hebrew translations made by Sephardic Jews writing in from a position of a double diaspora (from ‘Zion’ and from Sepharad, or Spain): Joseph Tsarfati’s Celestina by Fernando de Rojas, Jacob Algaba’s Amadís de Gaula by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, and Joseph Hakohen’s Historia general de las Indias by Francisco López de Gómara. These Sephardic translators sought to appropriate these very popular Spanish texts and place them in the service of a Jewish literary culture, one whose values were often at odds with those of the original authors and readers of the Spanish originals. At the same time, the Sepharadim were deeply identified with Iberian vernacular culture, and these translations were a form of cultural capital upon which they traded in the broader Jewish context of Western Christendom and the Ottoman Empire. The lens of diaspora can help us to better understand Sephardic translation from Spanish to Hebrew by focusing on the significance of language use, cultural identity, and Jewish literary culture in the Mediterranean world of the sixteenth century.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1075/chlel.xxix.30wac
    Publisher:
    Benjamins
    Author/Editor:
    César Domínguez, Anxo Abuín González, and Ellen Sapega
    Book Title:
    A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, Volume 2
    Chapter:
    Translation in Diaspora: Sephardic Spanish-Hebrew Translations in the Sixteenth Century
    Start Page:
    351
    End Page:
    363
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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