Sephardic Conversos’ literature is an example of the capacity of a minority culture (that is the Jewish one in Christian territories) to survive and save its identity both in propitious historical and social contexts (as for example for the Sephardic community in the Otoman Empire) and in dramatic moments (sadly this kind of examples should be numerous…). Today in the Departments of Hispanic Studies it’s rising a closer attention to the study and recovery of the Sephardic Conversos past, silenced or simply forgotten for a long time. In this paper I’ll present my own experience as a teacher and a researcher of this particular genre of literature; in particular, I’ll focus on two aspects: the didactics (that is, the experience with my students in the analysis of the novel Sefarad by Antonio Muñoz Molina) and the research (I’ll present the project ESTHER, dedicated to the study of the Sephardic theatre in Italy, from its origins to the present). The aim is to propose a debate on the importance of this topic in the academic field from an educational point of view; furthermore, I suggest a reflection on the interrelation between educational purposes and research freedom.

El revival de la literatura y cultura sefardí en la enseñanza universitaria actual

Paola Bellomi
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Abstract

Sephardic Conversos’ literature is an example of the capacity of a minority culture (that is the Jewish one in Christian territories) to survive and save its identity both in propitious historical and social contexts (as for example for the Sephardic community in the Otoman Empire) and in dramatic moments (sadly this kind of examples should be numerous…). Today in the Departments of Hispanic Studies it’s rising a closer attention to the study and recovery of the Sephardic Conversos past, silenced or simply forgotten for a long time. In this paper I’ll present my own experience as a teacher and a researcher of this particular genre of literature; in particular, I’ll focus on two aspects: the didactics (that is, the experience with my students in the analysis of the novel Sefarad by Antonio Muñoz Molina) and the research (I’ll present the project ESTHER, dedicated to the study of the Sephardic theatre in Italy, from its origins to the present). The aim is to propose a debate on the importance of this topic in the academic field from an educational point of view; furthermore, I suggest a reflection on the interrelation between educational purposes and research freedom.
Sephardic Studies, Jewish Studies, Academic Policy, Cultural policies of the European Union, Project ESTHER, Minorities, Academic Research
Estudios sefardíes, Estudios Hebreos, Política académica, Política cultural europea, Proyecto ESTHER, Minorías, Investigación académica
Las literaturas sefardí y conversa son un ejemplo de la capacidad de una cultura minoritaria (la judía en territorios cristianos) para sobrevivir y salvaguardar su identidad en contextos históricos y sociales a veces más abiertos a la diferencia (por ej. las comunidades sefardíes del Imperio Otomano), a veces de rechazo y condena de esta “otredad” (y aquí los ejemplos, lamentablemente, podría ser muchos…). Hoy en día se nota una mayor atención reservada, en los departamentos de estudios hispánicos, al estudio y recuperación del pasado sefardí y converso y hasta una reivindicación de este pasado, durante mucho tiempo silenciado o simplemente olvidado. En el presente trabajo me propongo presentar mi propia experiencia como profesora e investigadora de este tipo de literatura; en particular me centraré en dos aspectos: la didáctica, es decir la reacción de mis estudiantes en un curso dedicado a la cultura sefardí; la investigación, es decir presentaré los resultados del proyecto ESTHER, que vierte sobre el estudio de las fuentes de la cultura literaria sefardí en Italia. Me propongo plantear un debate sobre los problemas y soluciones didácticas a la hora de proponer un tema semi-desconocido y, a la vez, lleno de estereotipos como lo es la cultura hebrea de origen ibérico en Italia; además me propongo reflexionar sobre las posibilidades de interrelación que existen entre objetivos didácticos y libertad de investigación.
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