Twentieth-Century Sephardic Authors from the Former Yugoslavia
A Judeo-Spanish Tradition

Željko Jovanović

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 41

Legenda

  28 September 2020  •  224pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-51-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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In the twentieth century, various Sephardic authors from the former Yugoslavia took upon themselves the task of revitalising different forms of Judeo-Spanish oral tradition such as narrative, songs or ballads. These forms were fostered in the language of the Sepharadim, Ladino or Judeo-Spanish, since the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492. In their diaspora the Sepharadim mainly settled in the Ottoman Empire whose collapse began at the end of the nineteenth century. This disintegration followed later on by the Holocaust resulted in a rapid decline of the Sephardic language and tradition, causing UNESCO in 2002 to declare Ladino a seriously endangered language. In this interdisciplinary cultural study, Željko Jovanović examines the efforts of the Yugoslav Sephardic authors to preserve the memory of a culture and a language in decline as their way of constructing their own personal and collective narrative and identity.

Željko Jovanović is a researcher in Sephardic studies at the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology (ILLA) of the CSIC (Madrid, Spain).

Bibliography entry:

Jovanović, Željko, Twentieth-Century Sephardic Authors from the Former Yugoslavia: A Judeo-Spanish Tradition, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Željko Jovanović, Twentieth-Century Sephardic Authors from the Former Yugoslavia: A Judeo-Spanish Tradition, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Jovanović, p. 47.

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Jovanović, Željko. 2020. Twentieth-Century Sephardic Authors from the Former Yugoslavia: A Judeo-Spanish Tradition, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Jovanović 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Jovanović 2020: 21.

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